Updated: 05/29/2014 2:09 PM |
Created: 05/29/2014 2:08 PM
By: JERI CLAUSING, Associated Press
(AP) - Republicans have little chance of unseating New Mexico's popular Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall in his first bid at re-election. But two men are vying for the chance to try.
Allen Weh, a 71-year-old retired Marine colonel and wealthy aerospace entrepreneur from Albuquerque, is a former New Mexico Republican Party Chairman who made a run for governor four years ago.
Running against him in Tuesday's primary is 34-year-David Clements of Las Cruces, an attorney and former Dona Ana County GOP chairman making his first run at elected office.
Whoever wins the primary, however, has a tough uphill battle. A recent computer model of races conducted for The New York Times says Udall has a 99 percent chance of retaining his seat.
University of New Mexico political science professor Gabriel Sanchez agrees the candidates have little chance of unseating Udall.
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