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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