New Mexico Democrats hold pre-primary convention
March 10, 2018 06:54 PM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – New Mexico is now fewer than three months away from its primary election, when voters will chose which candidates from each party will face off in the November general election.
Democratic candidates competed against each other for the best spot on the primary ballot Saturday at the Democratic Party of New Mexico’s Pre-Primary Nominating Convention. Democratic candidates running for both state and county offices took turns making speeches at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Downtown Albuquerque, hoping to convince members of their own party why they're the best choice heading into the primary election.
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham received 66.8 percent of the vote at the convention, outpacing opponent Jeff Apodaca who received just over 21 percent.
"It gives candidates a great opportunity to drum up support (and) get people excited. Everyone here is engaged and energized," said Felicia Salazar, communications director for the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
Salazar said the pre-primary convention is a way for candidates to get their name on the primary ballot if they get 20 percent of the delegate’s vote. All but one candidate have already made the ballot by handing in enough signatures to the Secretary of State's Office.
But the convention is still important as it will determine the order of names on the primary ballot based on the number of votes from delegates.
"There's a lot of data that shows that certain positions on the ballot will get more votes based on that,” Salazar said. “It's really important to try and get that position."
There were 1,500 delegates from all over the state at the convention.
"I'm looking right now for having more women elected to office,” said delegate Isis Lopez when asked what she’s looking for in a candidate. “I think it's really important in New Mexico to have people of color, Hispanic, indigenous people."
The Republican Party of New Mexico held its pre-primary convention in February.
The primary election is June 5.
Updated: March 10, 2018 06:54 PM
Created: March 10, 2018 05:28 PM
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