Heather Wilson wins NM Senate GOP nomination
Posted at: 06/05/2012 8:35 PM
| Updated at: 06/05/2012 9:32 PM
By: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Former Rep. Heather Wilson has won the Republican nomination for New Mexico's open U.S. Senate seat, easily defeating Las Cruces businessman Greg Sowards.
The former congresswoman from Albuquerque cruised to victory Tuesday. She had 73 percent of the vote with about a fourth of the expected turnout in the race, according to unofficial results.
In the November general election, Wilson faces the winner of a two-way Democratic primary between Rep. Martin Heinrich and state Auditor Hector Balderas.
With Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman retiring after 30 years, New Mexico is expected to become a national battleground in the general election as Republicans seek to gain control of the Senate.
Wilson served in the House from 1998 to 2008, when she stepped down and lost a GOP Senate primary.
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