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Weatherman Heats Up Senate Race | The Line

Line Election Update

January 10, 2020 – This week saw the addition of two new Republican candidates into the race for retiring U.S. Sen. Tom Udall’s seat in New Mexico: businessman Louie Sanchez and former KRQE meteorologist Mark Ronchetti. NMiF senior producer Matt Grubs (subbing for Gene Grant) and The Line opinion panel examine the new energy in the Republican primary and whether Ben Ray Lujan will face a more robust challenge.

Line Panelists:
Eric Griego, former NM state senator
Edmund E. Perea, attorney
Laura Sanchez-Rivét, attorney
H. Diane Snyder, former NM state senator

For More Information:
Senate Race Gets More Crowded With Two More RepublicansNM Political Report

Republican Meteorologist Announces Campaign for U.S. SenateSanta Fe New Mexican

Pollster: Name Recognition Could Lift RonchettiAlbuquerque Journal

Albuquerque Business Owner Announces GOP Bid for U.S. SenateSanta Fe New Mexican

Fourth Republican Entering U.S. Senate RaceAlbuquerque Journal

Top Stories of 2019: #10 and #9 | The Line

Trump Rally

December 27, 2019 – Gene Grant and a special all-journalist Line panel count down the top stories of 2019, based on impact and amount of time spent discussing it throughout the year. Coming in at number 10 this year was President Trump’s Rio Rancho rally in September. Leading up to the rally, the President and his campaign declared our state in play for his 2020 re-election bid. The Line panelists weigh in on that prediction as well as his attempts to connect with Hispanic and Latino voters leading up to the elections. Coming in at number 9 on our countdown was the news that Senator Tom Udall would not be running for re-election in 2020. The panelists react to that announcement and the domino effect it is having in many of the other statewide races.

Line Panelists:
Gwyneth Doland, adjunct professor, UNM Communication & Journalism Dept.
Andy Lyman, reporter, New Mexico Political Report
Jessica Onsurez, news director, Carlsbad Current Argus
Steve Terrell, retired reporter, Santa Fe New Mexican

For More Information:
Painting New Mexico RedThe Santa Fe New Mexican

Trump Visits New Mexico With Eye to 2020The Albuquerque Journal

Sen. Tom Udall Won’t Seek Reelection in 2020Politico