- Associated Press - Monday, October 15, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - With the midterms approaching, candidates in a race for an open U.S. House seat that represents Albuquerque tried Monday to win over undecided voters in a rapid debate.

Democrat Debra Haaland, Republican Janice Arnold-Jones and Libertarian Lloyd Princeton repeated party-line stances on health care and crime as records show Haaland outpacing everyone in fundraising.

The 30-minute debate sponsored by KOB-TV in Albuquerque allowed the three candidates to also quickly touch upon their talking points around military spending and partisanship but failed to provide voters with new insight from candidates.

In addition, the debate didn’t address the ongoing feud between Arnold-Jones and Haaland over Haaland’s Native American ancestry.

Haaland is trying to become the nation’s first Native American woman elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

But Arnold-Jones has suggested in interviews that there may have been other Native American women in Congress and said that Haaland didn’t grow up on an American Indian reservation.

Still, Haaland told viewers that Congress “has never had a voice like mine” and vowed to make New Mexico - a state that relies on oil and gas revenues to fund education - 100 percent reliant on renewable sources of energy in the new future.

All three candidates are vying to succeed Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham, who is running for New Mexico governor, in a district that has leaned Democratic in recent elections.

Haaland, a former chair of the Democratic Party of New Mexico, has maintained a comfortable fundraising advantage throughout the general election cycle.

The latest Federal Election Commission filings show Haaland raised $605,000 from July 1 to Sept. 30 - more than four times as much as Arnold-Jones did in the same period. Arnold-Jones reported pulling in $138,000.

Haaland reportedly has $416,735 cash on hand while Arnold-Jones has $44,000.

Records show Princeton raised $6,000 and has $788 cash on hand.


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