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FILE - In this May 8, 2019, file photo, the Santa Fe Opera awaits its summer season in Santa Fe, N.M. The Santa Fe Opera, Meow Wolf and the non-profit organization that puts on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are among the New Mexico businesses that received loans from the federal government as part of massive effort to support the economy amid the coronavirus outbreak. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

Opera, balloon fest among businesses getting virus loans

Jul. 6, 2020 8:22 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Santa Fe Opera, the Meow Wolf art collaborative and the non-profit organization that puts on the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta are among thousands of New Mexico businesses that received loans from the U.S. government as part of the massive effort to support the...

Alexis Johnson wins GOP House nomination in New Mexico

Jun. 6, 2020 4:39 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Alexis Johnson of Santa Fe has won the Republican primary nomination in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District. Johnson emerged victorious Saturday in the three-way primary amid a surge in absentee balloting that took several days to tally in the district’s most...

Republican congressional candidate Alexis Johnson awaits final results in New Mexico's primary election outside a public works building where local election officials tallied absentee votes in Santa Fe, N.M., on Friday, June 5, 2020. Republican election observers are expressing frustration as Santa Fe County officials spent a fourth day tallying absentee ballots from Tuesday's primary election. The final count will determine the GOP nominee in New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District, and delays hold implications for the administration of the general election in November. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico primary vote tally enters 4th day

Jun. 5, 2020 8:26 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican election observers are expressing frustration as Santa Fe County officials spent a fourth day tallying absentee ballots from Tuesday's primary election. Presiding ballot judge Paul D'Arcy said that seven more people joined the vote-count effort, with several thousand...

Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez flashes a thumbs-up to drivers at a polling station Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Opponents in the crowded Democratic primary included former CIA operative Valerie Plame. The sign she holds,

GOP House race drags on after vote-counting board walks out

Jun. 4, 2020 8:46 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican congressional primary remained undecided on Thursday as local election regulators in northern New mexico tallied a deluge of absentee ballots. Vote tabulation stretched into a third day in Santa Fe County, as three Republicans competed for the 3rd Congressional District...

Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez flashes a thumbs-up to drivers at a polling station Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Opponents in the crowded Democratic primary included former CIA operative Valerie Plame. The sign she holds,

New Mexico voting surges, shifts to absentee balloting

Jun. 3, 2020 9:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Local election official struggled Wednesday to fully tally an avalanche of absentee ballots in a primary election that locked in several female nominees for Congress and marked a progressive uprising in the state Senate. Tabulation delays left the outcome uncertain in a three-way...

Democratic congressional candidate Teresa Leger Fernandez, in the blue mask, cheers on supporters at a polling station on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, N.M. Behind her are her three sons, from left, Dario, Abelino and Alisandro. The sign she holds,

Fernandez defeats Valerie Plame in New Mexico House primary

Jun. 3, 2020 1:12 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez defeated former CIA operative Valerie Plame to win the Democratic nomination in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District in Tuesday’s primary. Leger Fernandez overcame six competitors including Plame to win her party’s nomination to...

U.S. Rep. Debra Haaland of Albuquerque, N.M., seeks support from local party delegates at the Democratic Party preprimary convention in Pojoaque, N.M., Saturday, March 7, 2020. Candidates for open congressional and Senate seats underwent the first test of their political might as the Democratic and Republican parties of New Mexico held statewide conventions. The conventions decide the ballot order for candidates in the state's primary election on June 2. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

New Mexico may elect historic all-female US House delegation

May. 25, 2020 2:00 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico voters have a chance this year to send a historic all-female U.S. House delegation to Congress, no matter which party wins races. And the state’s three congresswomen may be all women of color — another national milestone. Women are seeking the Democratic and...

FILE - In this Nov. 20, 2019 file photo, Republican Elisa Martinez speaks to supporters in Albuquerque, N.M., after she announced she will seek the GOP nomination for an open U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico. The Latina Republican and member of the Navajo Nation is part of the Republican Party of New Mexico's most diverse set of candidates running in the state primaries in its history. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

GOP Senate hopeful in ad blasts foe for anti-Trump remarks

May. 20, 2020 12:41 AM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — A Republican U.S. Senate hopeful in New Mexico is blasting one of her opponents in a new ad over his previous critical comments about President Donald Trump. On Tuesday, Elisa Martinez released a new commercial that attacks former television weatherman Mark Ronchetti saying at a...

Sen. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., speaks during a Senate Intelligence Committee nomination hearing for Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, May. 5, 2020. The panel is considering Ratcliffe's nomination for director of national intelligence. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, Pool)

Sen. Martin Heinrich backs progressive statehouse candidates

May. 12, 2020 12:09 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich is throwing his political weight behind primary challengers to socially conservative Democrats in the New Mexico state Legislature. In social media messages, Heinrich has invited constituents to attend an online campaign fundraiser this week for...