New Mexicans Go to the Polls Tuesday

Jun 5, 2012

New Mexicans go to the polls Tuesday to weigh in on the already decided Republican presidential primary and narrow the field of candidates for U.S. Senate and Congress.

Registered Republicans can cast ballots for presidential candidates Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum or Mitt Romney, although Romney sewed up the nomination last week with a win in Texas.

Most eyes are on the Democrat primary, where Rep. Martin Heinrich and state auditor Hector Balderas are competing in a gentlemanly race for the nomination to succeed the retiring U.S. Sen. Jeff Bingaman.

In Albuquerque's 1st Congressional District, three veterans of the Albuquerque political scene are locked in a close and much feistier race for a shot at taking over Heinrich's seat: Bernalillo County Commissioner Michele Lujan Grisham, State Senator Eric Griego, and former Albquerque Mayor Martin Chavez.