- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Republican candidates will appear first on the ballot in New Mexico’s general election.

A drawing last week determined ballot position.

The secretary of state’s office said a GOP candidate’s name will be listed first in a contested race, and then the Democrat. A minor party candidate, if there’s one, appears next and then an independent.

There’s no minor party candidate for statewide office in the Nov. 4 election, but a Constitution Party candidate is running for McKinley County sheriff.

About a dozen independents - those unaffiliated with a political party - are seeking legislative and county offices.

Some political scientists contend that candidates listed first on the ballot have an advantage, particularly among voters making choices with little information about who is running.

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