- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Alamogordo Democrat Leslie Endean-Singh is dropping out of the race for a congressional seat in southern New Mexico.

Endean-Singh’s decision on Wednesday leaves Carlsbad lawyer Roxanne “Rocky” Lara as the sole Democratic candidate challenging Republican incumbent Steve Pearce in the 2nd Congressional District.

Endean-Singh said she was withdrawing because Lara won the overwhelming support of delegates at the party’s pre-primary nominating convention on Saturday. Candidates needed at least 20 percent of the votes to earn an automatic place on the June primary election ballot. Endean-Singh got 15 percent, but could have stayed in the race by submitting additional nominating petition signatures.

Endean-Singh said she was pulling out of the race “in the spirit of Democratic unity” and described Lara as “a great advocate for our party’s platform.”

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