New Mexico's delegates stand with Trump - Albuquerque Journal

New Mexico’s delegates stand with Trump

CLEVELAND – New Mexico’s delegation to the Republican National Convention held firm in support of Donald Trump on Monday afternoon as other states with a majority of anti-Trump delegates demanded a roll call vote on moving to replace him as the party’s nominee.

The “Dump Trump” contingent could not muster a needed majority of nine states’ delegates to force a roll call vote to move forward with the maneuver. In the end, the anti-Trump delegates could only muster a majority in six states, and New Mexico was not among them.

“I think that would have been a bad idea,” delegate Harvey Yates, a former chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party, told the Journal on the floor of the convention after the raucous standoff ended. “We are a bottom-up party.”

None of New Mexico’s 24 delegates or 21 alternates expressed any desire – publicly, anyway – for the New Mexico delegation to join the movement to replace Trump with another candidate.

Samuel LeDoux, a delegate from Santa Fe, said that Trump wasn’t his first choice in the Republican primary election but that he is rallying around the New York businessman because he prefers him to Hillary Clinton, who is expected to be officially nominated by the Democratic Party in Philadelphia next week.

“He wants to increase national security and border security, and if we increase border security it will increase wages of Latino people who live in the state because their wages won’t be dragged down by the shadow economy” fueled by illegal immigration, LeDoux said.

The New Mexico delegation is staying at Hampton Inn & Suites in Middleburg, Ohio, about 15 minutes from downtown Cleveland by car. The delegation has a busy week ahead. They have three luncheons scheduled over the next three days: one at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame today, another at the Cleveland Zoo on Wednesday and a third at the Pro Football Hall of Fame on Thursday.

Home » Politics » Election » New Mexico’s delegates stand with Trump


Albuquerque Journal and its reporters are committed to telling the stories of our community.

• Do you have a question you want someone to try to answer for you? Do you have a bright spot you want to share?
   We want to hear from you. Please email yourstory@abqjournal.com

taboola desktop

1
Calling NM 'lawless,' Ronchetti unveils public safety priorities
2022 election
Republican candidate for governor says he ... Republican candidate for governor says he will push to stiffen criminal penalties, make it easier to hold defendants in jail awaiting trial
2
Otero County highlighted by Jan. 6 Committee
ABQnews Seeker
Officials also mention NM was pressured ... Officials also mention NM was pressured to alter election result
3
Lawmakers weigh fallout of NM election certification drama
2022 election
Jeers of 'cowards,' 'traitors' are hurled ... Jeers of 'cowards,' 'traitors' are hurled at some commissioners casting votes
4
New attack ad targets governor's spending
2022 election
Ad says Lujan Grisham used money ... Ad says Lujan Grisham used money out of a discretionary fund intended for social and diplomatic events
5
New Mexico prosecutor says GOP county must certify vote
ABQnews Seeker
Showdown comes on the eve of ... Showdown comes on the eve of the deadline to certify the results of the June 7 primary
6
NM Supreme Court orders Otero County Commission to certify ...
2022 election
GOP commissioners have refused to certify ... GOP commissioners have refused to certify primary election tally
7
GOP Commission refuses to approve NM primary vote
ABQnews Seeker
County clerk objected to the move; ... County clerk objected to the move; no concerns raised about discrepancies
8
Lujan Grisham fires back at Ronchetti
2022 election
New TV ad criticizes GOP candidate’s ... New TV ad criticizes GOP candidate’s inexperience
9
NM county wants to ditch vote-count machines
2022 election
Ballots from the statewide primary election ... Ballots from the statewide primary election will be recounted by hand