- Associated Press - Sunday, February 25, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A GOP New Mexico state lawmaker has earned 58 percent of the Republican delegates in a congressional race in southern New Mexico that is drawing national attention.

State Rep. Yvette Herrell, Alamogordo Republican, won most of the delegates on Saturday in Albuquerque at the party’s pre-primary convention.

Monty Newman, a former Hobbs mayor and former state GOP chairman, finished second, with support from about 26 percent of the delegates.

Herrell’s delegate count means her name will appear first on primary election ballots June 5.

The three other candidates in the race fell below the 20 percent threshold required to win an automatic spot on the ballot. Those candidates will make the ballot anyway since they will likely turn in enough petition signatures.

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