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Tue June 5, 2012
Primary Starts Fight for Control of State Legislature
New Mexico's primary election is deciding whether two dozen legislators can hold on to their jobs. All 112 seats in the House and Senate are up for election this year, but there are contested primary races in only 43 House and Senate districts.
Democrats have controlled the House and Senate for decades, and the outcome of the primary will set the stage for what's expected to be an aggressive general election campaign led by Republican Governor Susana Martinez to chip away at the Democratic majorities.
Two dozen incumbents face primary challengers, and more legislators will face opponents in the general election. One primary race features two incumbents. Roswell Republicans Bob Wooley and Dennis Kintigh are running for the same House seat because of redistricting.