Republican candidate for New Mexico governor stockpiles cash

July 6, 2018

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican candidate for governor of New Mexico has stockpiled more than twice as much campaign cash as the Democratic nominee ahead of the November general election.

Republican Congressman and gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce on Thursday reported a campaign account balance of nearly $2 million as of the end of June. He alone sought the GOP nomination in the June 5 primary to succeed Republican Gov. Susana Martinez, who cannot run for a consecutive third term.

The Democratic contender for governor, U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, spent $694,000 from May 30 to June 30, as she emerged victorious from a three-way primary race.

Lujan Grisham reported a cash balance of roughly $873,000 for her campaign, after contributions of about $433,000.

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