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New Mexico Democrats hold pre-primary nominating convention

March 6, 2022 GMT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — The Democratic Party of New Mexico traveled to Republican-rich Roswell for a pre-primary nominating convention.

Officials introduced the party’s slate of candidates for the June 7 primary election, an unofficial launch of the campaign season for contested nominations to serve as attorney general and other offices.

Absentee balloting and in-person voting at county clerks’ offices begin May 10.

At Saturday’s nominating convention, party leaders and candidates called for unity and a push to turn out voters in what looks like a challenging November election.

“The shadow that was cast by our narrow defeats last year looms large over the 2022 midterms,” Ken Martin, vice chairman of the Democratic National Committee, told the crowd of about 300.

Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, unopposed for the Democratic nomination, urged Democrats to show up in the midterm election this fall.

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In a statement, Republican Party of New Mexico chairman Steve Pearce called the Democrats’ convention a “Democrat makeover.”

But in contrast to the Republican Party’s recent convention, the Democratic delegates will cast their ballots entirely online or through telephone voting. The voting period runs through Wednesday with results to be released March 13.