- Associated Press - Thursday, June 23, 2016

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Republican nominee for district attorney in New Mexico’s largest county says he is dropping out of the race, just two weeks after the state’s primary election.

Albuquerque attorney Simon Kubiak released a brief statement Thursday saying he was withdrawing from the Bernalillo County district attorney’s race because he lacks the funding to face-off against Democrat Raul Torrez, a former federal prosecutor.

Kubiak ran unopposed in the GOP primary for DA, while Torrez bested fellow Democrat and police officer Ed Perea for his party’s nomination.

Kubiak announced his bid for DA in January. His platform included a push for dropping prosecutions of “victimless crimes,” including some recreational marijuana violations, and ramping up prosecutions against repeat offenders.

The Republican Party of Bernalillo County has not yet decided whether to field a replacement candidate for Kubiak.

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