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Lujan Grisham out raises Pearce in September


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Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham out raised her Republican opponent Steve Pearce in September, though Pearce’s campaign has more cash on hand.

According to the latest campaign finance reports that document campaign spending and fundraising between Sept. 4 and Oct. 1 and were filed Monday, Lujan Grisham raised $1.1 million during that period, while Pearce’s campaign took in $416,950.

Pearce, a longtime U.S. Representative in the New Mexico 2nd Congressional District — which includes Roswell — and Lujan Grisham, who represents New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, are locked in a competitive race to succeed Republican Susanna Martinez.

Martinez is unable to seek a third term due to term limits.

Pearce though entered October with an overall cash advantage. The reports state that Pearce now has $1.2 million and Lujan Grisham $781,875.

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The reports state Pearce began the fundraising period with $1.8 million and Lujan Grisham with $1.2 million.

Lujan Grisham spent $1.6 million in September and Pearce $1 million.

Statewide candidates in other down ballot races also filed their campaign finance reports covering the September filing period, with the reports showing most incumbents out raising their challengers.

The campaign of New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas, a Democrat, started September with $986,489.91 and added $54,850 to his campaign account.

Balderas’ Republican challenger Michael Hendricks and Libertarian Blair Dunn raised $10,710 and 1,041.04 during the same period. Hendricks started the fundraising period with $23,693.35 and Dunn with $6,545.30.

Balderas spent $78,806.41 in September, the reports state.

Hendricks began September with $23,693.35, spent $13,534.27 and has $20,869.08 left on hand. Dunn spent $3,324.72 and has $4,261.62 on hand.

Hendricks also has $50,000 in unpaid campaign debt, according to the report filed by his campaign.

New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver, a Democrat, and Republican challenger Gavin Clarkson were near parity in their September fundraising.

The reports states Toulouse Oliver and Clarkson raised $29,928.71 and $29,322 respectively.

Libertarian Ginger Grider signed a statement of no activity, which states her campaign did not raise or spend any money since the last campaign report was filed.

Toulouse Oliver began the fundraising period with $169,197.95 and Clarkson with $28,683.03.

Toulouse Oliver now has $143,600.58 in her campaign account, and Clarkson $38,572.98.

In September Toulouse Oliver also outspent Clarkson $55,525.88 to $19,432.05.

Incumbent New Mexico Treasurer Tim Eichenberg added $10,875 in September to his $33,314.85 campaign war chest.

He spent $883.84 and closed out September with $43,306.01 left on hand, according to the report filed by his campaign. He also holds $243,286.49 in unpaid campaign debt.

Republican Arthur Castillo kicked off September with $1,483.13 and added $3,876 to his fundraising total. Reports state that after spending $2,730.77 his campaign now has $2,628.36.

The report filed by Castillo’s campaign shows the candidate loaned his own campaign $1,500 and has $10,570 in unpaid debt.

In the race for state auditor, Democrat Brian Colon raised $63,907 in September, according to reports, while Republican incumbent Wayne Johnson raked in $23,812. Johnson and Colon began the fundraising period with $105,029.87 and 100,607.51 respectively.

Colon spent $3,112.38 and Johnson $8,485.37. The reports state Colon has $161,402.13 left in his campaign account, while Johnson has $120,356.50.

The race for New Mexico Commissioner of Public Lands is open with Libertarian Aubrey Dunn not seeking re-election.

The Democrat in the race to replace Dunn, Stephanie Garcia Richard, raised $83,793 in September and spent $75,408.17. She now has a remaining balance in her campaign of $41,200.87 and $5,000 in unpaid campaign debt, according to the report filed by her campaign. She started September with $32,816.04.

Republican Patrick Lyons raised $58,050 in the same period and spent $186,296.76. He now has $55,321.61 left on hand. Lyons began September with $183,568.37.

Libertarian candidate Michael Lucero’s campaign signed a statement of no activity.

New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Gary Clingman, a Republican, raised $82,057 in September and his Democratic rival Michael Vigil did not raise anything, reports state.

Vigil began September with $145,897.48 on hand and Clingman had $60,251.22.

Clingman now has $122,053.96 after spending $20,254.26.

He also has $20,000 in unpaid campaign debt, according to the report filed by his campaign.

Vigil’s campaign has $38,299.88 remaining after spending $107,597.60, according to reports.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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