SANTA FE – The battle for control of the New Mexico Legislature isn’t going unnoticed outside state lines as national groups from both sides of the political spectrum are already lining up behind various state legislative candidates – and, in some cases, giving hefty campaign contributions.
The Republican State Leadership Committee announced this week that three New Mexico legislative candidates – along with the state’s GOP secretary of state candidate, Nora Espinoza – are among the initial 16 candidates nationwide the group will back in this year’s election cycle.
In past election cycles, a state-level political committee affiliated with the Washington, D.C.-based group has given big donations to New Mexico Republicans, including Gov. Susana Martinez’s political action committee.
The three legislative candidates highlighted by the Republican State Leadership Committee’s “races to watch” list this year are House District 24 candidate Christina Hall of Albuquerque, Senate District 29 candidate Greg Baca of Belen and Senate District 9 candidate Diego Espinoza of Rio Rancho.