Morales tops convention gubernatorial balloting

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LAGUNA PUEBLO, N.M. (AP) - Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City has earned the top spot on the Democratic primary ballot in the race for governor.

Morales received 29 percent of delegate votes at Saturday’s pre-primary nominating convention at Laguna Pueblo.

Santa Fe businessman Alan Webber finished with 21 percent, according to unofficial results. Longtime government administrator Lawrence Rael got 20 percent.

Attorney General Gary King and Sen. Linda Lopez of Albuquerque didn’t get the necessary 20 percent support to earn an automatic spot on the June primary election ballot.

However, King and Lopez can still get on the ballot by submitting extra signatures on nominating petitions to the secretary of state.

Candidates will appear on the primary ballot based on their performance, with the Morales listed first.

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