Yesterday’s primary voting has wrapped up and we now have a clear vision of which candidates will be on the November ballots. Progressives gained at least two seats against less ideal incumbents and statewide turned out to support candidates in high numbers. While there were quite a few races available to voters from the three major parties to vote in statewide, we’ll only be featuring those races with contested primaries. For a complete look at every race from yesterday, click here:
Let’s get right down to it! Governor
For the Democrats, Michelle Lujan Grisham won with 66% of the vote statewide.
Voters in New Mexico can begin casting early and absentee votes TOMORROW so this news couldn’t have come at a more important time. This morning, the Las Cruces Sun-News announced that they had reversed their planned endorsement for Republican State Rep. Andy Nuñez because of the questions and investigation ProgressNow filed with the Attorney General about Nuñez’s activities and spending as a state lobbyists and legislator. Las Cruces Sun-News
Steinborn, Small picks for Senate, House
Monday October 10, 2016
…our endorsement in this race originally would have gone to Republican Andy Nuñez…
We changed our endorsement after recent revelations that allege Nuñez repeatedly used campaign contributions to pay for personal expenses, including during a period of time when he wasn’t even in the Legislature but was working as a lobbyist. New Mexico generously reimburses lawmakers for expenses incurred in attending meetings or conferences. It is both illegal and unacceptable for lawmakers to dip into campaign contributions to cover those expenses.
18 votes made the difference in yesterday’s elections in Las Cruces. But when all the votes were counted, the Las Cruces Sun-News ran this headline: “Progressives win in tight City Council races”
What’s more, the Albuquerque Journal said this:
Political committees poured tens of thousands of dollars into the campaign, and the results could be viewed as a win for so-called progressives. Candidates for City Council Districts 1 and 4 backed by Albuquerque-based ProgressNOW won their races, while candidates in those races backed by the conservative GOALWest committee lost. While GOALWest did not back a mayoral candidate, the political committee paid for a barrage of ads and flyers attacking Miyagishima’s record. When word got out that 3 out-of-town donors were spending $80,000 to buy our elections through Steve Pearce’s PAC, I set up a Las Cruces-based PAC to fight back.
Just two days after ProgressNow New Mexico outed Rep. Steve Pearce’s new press secretary, Rebekah Stevens, as @PolitixFireball, his office announced that Stevens was out as quickly as she had arrived.
Sources in Pearce’s office confirmed this morning that Steve Pearce demanded her resignation this morning citing “major obstacles” (read: ProgressNow’s report and her political BS) was permitted to resign this morning after a ProgressNowNM investigation exposed her as the hateful and racist blogger @PolitixFireball. UPDATE: read Pearce’s press release here. PEARCE ACCEPTS RESIGNATION OF PRESS SECRETARY REBEKAH STEVENS
Mar 28, 2014
Washington, DC (March 28, 2014) Today, U.S. Congressman Steve Pearce accepted the resignation of his Press Secretary, Rebekah Stevens.
“I am proud to hire passionate, hardworking, and dedicated congressional staff out of New Mexico,” said Pearce.