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Longest-serving legislator wins Democratic primary

Created: 06/04/2014 8:38 AM
By: BARRY MASSEY, Associated Press

(AP) - New Mexico's longest serving legislator is on a path toward another possible two-year term.
    
Democratic Rep. Nick Salazar of Ohkay Owingeh cleared a primary election challenge Tuesday, but he faces a Republican opponent this fall. However, Salazar's northern New Mexico district is heavily Democratic.
    
Salazar defeated former legislator Bengie Regensberg, a Mora County contractor who had told voters that the 85-year-old incumbent was too old to serve another term.
    
Salazar won more than 60 percent of the vote in unofficial returns. He has said his health is good.
    
Cimarron Republican James Gallegos is opposing Salazar in the November general election.
    
All 70 House seats are up for election this year. However, there were only 18 contested races on the primary ballot, including seven with incumbent lawmakers.

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