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Chase, Ronchetti lead GOP hopefuls in fundraising

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Jaelyn deMaria/The Albuquerque Journal via AP In this file photo, former KRQE-TV meteorologist Mark Ronchetti prepares a weathercast by analyzing numbers and designing maps. Ronchetti is running for U.S. Senate in New Mexico.

With less than a week before New Mexico’s primary election, Republicans Claire Chase in the race for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District and U.S. Senate hopeful Mark Ronchetti raised more money than each of their primary opponents during the recent fundraising period.

The campaign of Chase, an oil executive from Roswell, took in $177,348 between April 1 and May 13, according to the campaign’s pre-primary report filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The report documents campaign fundraising and spending activity during that six-week timeframe.

Reports from all campaigns in New Mexico U.S. Senate and House elections were due May 21 ahead of the state’s June 2 primary.

Chase’s two Republican rivals for the nomination, former state Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, and Las Cruces businessman Chris Mathys took in $46,336 and $1,725 respectively during the same six-week period.

Latest figures bring Chase’s fundraising haul since entering the primary last August to $1.2 million.

In total, fundraising since early 2019, Herrell’s campaign has taken in $820,771 and Mathys $293,736, according to the Federal Election Commission data.

Herrell, who was the Republican nominee in 2018 when Democrat Xochitl Torres Small won the seat by about 3,000 votes, spent the most during the recent fundraising period.

According to reports, Herrell’s campaign spent $353,916. Chase, in the same timeframe, spent $238,947 and Mathys $186,088.

In terms of cash on hand, Chase had $202,300 left in her campaign account as of the close of the pre-primary reporting period, whereas Herrell had $70,175 and Mathys $15,710.

The campaign of Independent Steve Jones of Ruidoso, who filed his statement of candidacy in March, had not filed a pre-primary fundraising report. However, his April quarterly reports shows he ended the period with $250 in cash on hand.

Fundraising totals of Jones and all three Republicans fall short of the money raised by Torres Small.

As of the filing deadline for the reports, Torres Small’s campaign had taken in $283,224, bringing her fundraising total to $3.7 million since her re-election campaign got underway. She spent $88,307 in the pre-primary timeframe and has $3.1 million remaining in cash on hand.

 

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In the three-way Republican primary for the U.S. Senate, Ronchetti raised $200,857 during the pre-primary reporting period.

Three Republicans are battling for their party’s nomination for the seat now held by Democrat Tom Udall, who is not running for re-election.

Ronchetti’s primary opponents, Gavin Clarkson, the 2018 Republican candidate for New Mexico Secretary of State; and Elisa Martinez, founder and executive director of the New Mexico Alliance for Life, received $175,152 and $99,084 respectively.

Ronchetti’s campaign also spent $334,987 during the pre-primary reporting period, while Clarkson spent $193,618 and Martinez $92,686.

In cash on hand, Ronchetti, a former KRQE meteorologist, has $430,306 in his campaign war chest, compared to Clarkson’s $154,614 and Martinez’s $39,675.

Clarkson though, who in April 2019 became the first of the Republican contenders to enter the race, has raised a total of $1 million since his campaign got underway. In overall fundraising, Ronchetti has taken in $850,343 and Martinez $418,554.

The winner of Tuesday’s primary will go up against Libertarian Bob Walsh and Democrat Ben Ray Lujan, a congressman and assistant speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Walsh, according to reports, took in $1,628 in the pre-primary reporting period. He spent $1,599 and has $397 left on hand. He has raised $1,998 since the start of his campaign.

Lujan dominates in fundraising among Walsh and each of the three Republicans.

According to the pre-primary reports, Lujan has, over the course of the campaign, raised about $5.3 million.

In the most recent six-week period, Lujan raised $525,086 and spent $269,210. He has $2.7 million remaining in cash on hand.

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