May 25, 2018 – Primary elections in New Mexico take place on June 5. There are three Democratic candidates running for the nomination for governor: businessman Jeff Apodaca, state legislator Joseph Cervantes and Representative Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is giving up her first congressional district seat to run for the state’s highest office. Representative Steve Pearce, who is giving up his seat in the second congressional district, is the only Republican candidate. Gene Grant and the Line opinion panelists look at tactics being used on the campaign trail and offer some predictions for how the races will play out.
For Further Reading:
Get to Know: The Democratic Candidates on the 2018 Gubernatorial Primary Ballot Santa Fe Reporter
Pearce launches TV ads, despite no primary rival Albuquerque Journal
Tom Garrity, The Garrity Group PR
Mary Hudetz, reporter, Associated Press
Sophie Martin, attorney
Zackary Quintero, J.D. candidate, UNM’s School of Law; community organizer; president, Young Democrats of New Mexico