On Saturday, the Republican Party of New Mexico State Central Committee met to consider the candidates running to replace former U.S. Congresswoman Deb Haaland in the First Congressional District, which encompasses most of Albuquerque and a large swath of Torrance County.
Haaland, a far-left extremist member of Congress who repeatedly lied to constituents about countless issues, will now carry out Joe Biden’s assault on the energy industry in her new role as Department of the Interior under the allegedly fraudulent administration.
After some discussion and the final vote, moderate state Sen. Mark Moores, who was endorsed by many of his fellow moderate legislators, including Rep. Kelly Fajardo (R-Valencia), Sen. Ron Griggs (R-Doña Ana, Eddy, and Otero), and Sen. Greg Baca (R-Bernalillo & Valencia), won with 49 votes to the closest competitor garnering 34 votes.
Moores said during the meeting that he has already raised over $225,000 and is ready to get television advertisements in the works by tomorrow. He also claimed to have support from the Right to Life Committee of New Mexico and the National Rifle Association.
Sen. Moores will now face off against the Democrats’ nominee, who will be picked on March 30, 2021. Candidates on the Democrat side include former UNM Law professor and state Sen. Antoinette Sedillo-Lopez, Reps. Georgene Louis, Melanie Stansbury, and Patricia Roybal Caballero, as well as former Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham staffer Victor Reyes, lawyer Randi McGinn, activist Selinda Guerrero, and Francisco Fernández.
The apparent favorite on the Democrat side by the far-left Working Families Party is Sen. Sedillo-Lopez, followed by Rep. Stansbury. The Democrats will hold a candidate forum on Sunday ahead of their vote. The special election will be held on June 1, 2021.