- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 11, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Sen. Linda Lopez of Albuquerque says she plans to stay in the race for the Democratic nomination for governor.

Lopez failed to earn an automatic place on the June primary election ballot because she didn’t receive 20 percent of the vote from delegates at the party’s pre-primary nominating convention.

Lopez said in a statement Tuesday that her campaign is gathering additional nominating petition signatures needed to secure a place on the ballot.

Lopez said she’s received calls from supporters urging her to continue her candidacy.

Attorney General Gary King also has said he’s staying in the governor’s race despite finishing last at the convention.

Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City received the most support, followed by Santa Fe businessman Alan Webber and Lawrence Rael.

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