Morales tops convention gubernatorial balloting

March 9, 2014 • State News

LAGUNA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) — Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City made a strong showing Saturday at a Democratic Party nominating convention, earning the top spot on the June primary ballot in the race for governor.

Attorney General Gary King, viewed by many as the front-runner in the Democratic gubernatorial contest, finished last in delegate balloting.

The winner of the Democratic gubernatorial primary will face Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election. Martinez is running unopposed in the GOP primary.

Morales received 29 percent of delegate votes at the party’s pre-primary nominating convention at Laguna Pueblo near Albuquerque.

Santa Fe businessman and political newcomer Alan Webber finished with about 21 percent, according to unofficial results released by party officials.

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