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Wed June 4, 2014
Local and State News

General Election Race for Governor Under Way

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic Attorney General Gary King has cleared the first hurdle in his underdog bid to become governor, toppling four opponents in a lackluster primary race. His next challenge will be much more formidable.

King faces Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the November general election and is at a decided disadvantage.

Martinez has aired television campaign ads for weeks and has more than $4 million in the bank that she built up as a national political star. She's the nation's first female Hispanic governor.

In other races Tuesday, retired Marine Col. Allen Weh easily defeated his GOP challenger to win the Republican primary and run against first-term Sen. Tom Udall. The Democratic senator is heavily favored to win, but Weh said he believes the tide is turning against Washington politicians like Udall.