- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The secretary of state’s office reports that Democratic Sen. Linda Lopez of Albuquerque has filed the necessary nominating petition signatures to remain a candidate for governor in the June primary election.

Lopez and Attorney General Gary King failed to earn ballot positions at the Democratic pre-primary nominating convention earlier this month.

Lopez filed additional petition signatures on Tuesday. King had taken steps last week to secure a place on the ballot.

Also on the Democratic gubernatorial ballot are Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City, Santa Fe businessman Alan Webber and former Albuquerque city official Lawrence Rael.

Two Democrats filed Tuesday as write-in candidates for governor. Mario Martinez of Clovis and Phillip Chavez of Albuquerque won’t appear on the ballot. The state tallies votes for declared write-in candidates.

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