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Open House, Senate races at stake in New Mexico primary

Added 06-02-20 01:03:02am EST - “Democratic contenders for Congress including a renowned former CIA operative, a district attorney and a professional advocate for Native American communities were facing off Tuesday in a likely decisive congressional primary in northern…” - Washingtontimes.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Washingtontimes.com: “Open House, Senate races at stake in New Mexico primary”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Democratic contenders for Congress including a renowned former CIA operative, a district attorney and a professional advocate for Native American communities were facing off Tuesday in a likely decisive congressional primary in northern New Mexico.

The winner of the seven-way contest will compete in a district dominated by registered Democrats to take the place of U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján, the presumptive Democratic nominee to succeed retiring Sen. Tom Udall. Republicans were picking their favorite contenders to win back a congressional swing district in southern New Mexico and trying to seize control of Udall’s Senate seat in the November general election.

Valerie Plame, the U.S. intelligence operative whose secret identity was exposed shorty after her diplomat husband disputed U.S. intelligence used to justify the 2003 Iraq invasion, aimed to leap into the general election past native New Mexico candidates and local political dynasties.

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Attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez, a longtime advocate for voting rights initiatives and Native American communities, was embraced in her campaign by numerous advocacy groups for progressive causes including the pro-abortion rights group Emily’s List. Rival candidates included Santa Fe-based District Attorney Marco Serna, Sandoval County Treasurer Laura Montoya and former Obama administration official John Blair.

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