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RGA wades into NM governor’s race with anti-Gary King TV ad

A deep-pocketed national GOP group has waded into the nascent New Mexico governor’s race, launching a TV ad today that criticizes Democratic nominee Gary King.

The Republican Governors Association ad focuses on King’s record as the state’s attorney general and cites state Democratic Party Chairman Sam Bregman’s comment from several years ago that King was the state’s “worst attorney general ever.”

Bregman said earlier this week the three-year old comment was made in the “heat of battle” while he and King were on opposite sides of a high-profile case.

TV station records show the RGA is spending more than $100,000 on the ad, according to the Associated Press.

The Republican Governors Association is chaired by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, who traveled to New Mexico last week to campaign with Gov. Susana Martinez. Martinez, who is seeking re-election to a second four-year term, is also an RGA member and has helped Christie on the campaign trail.

Meanwhile, Martinez also launched her own re-election ad today, in which she cites her commitment to helping small New Mexico businesses.

The incumbent governor reported having about $4.3 million in her campaign war chest last week, compared to roughly $70,000 for King, who has not yet launched any TV ads in the general election campaign.

Check tomorrow’s Journal for more information.

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