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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...

Poll worker Patricia Gurule, 71, right, squirts sanitizing gel into the hand of a voter during primary voting on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, in Santa Fe, New Mexico. (AP Photo/Cedar Attanasio)

The Latest: Embattled senator loses Democratic nomination

Jun. 3, 2020 1:08 AM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the New Mexico primary election (all times local): 11:05 p.m. Embattled state Sen. Richard Martinez has lost his bid for the Democratic nomination to primary challenger Leo Jaramillo. Martinez was seeking a sixth term but his political future became uncertain after...

Voters wait in a line outside Broad Ripple High School to vote in the Indiana primary in Indianapolis, Tuesday, June 2, 2020 after coronavirus concerns prompted officials to delay the primary from its original May 5 date. Voters waited up to two hours to cast their ballots. Nearly 550,000 voters requested mail-in ballots, more than 10 times the number of those ballots cast during the 2016 primary. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Indiana primary sets up tough race for congressional seat

Jun. 3, 2020 12:08 AM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana’s first election to feature widespread mail-in balloting concluded Tuesday with long lines in Indianapolis delaying the closure of some in-person voting locations by three hours. Nearly 550,000 voters requested mail-in ballots — more than 10 times the number cast...

GOP's Spartz, Democrat Hale win Indiana's 5th district bids

Jun. 2, 2020 9:07 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — State Sen. Victoria Spartz has won the Republican nomination to replace GOP Rep. Susan Brooks in a central Indiana congressional district that Democrats are targeting for the fall election. Spartz won Tuesday’s primary over 14 other candidates in the 5th Congressional District...

FILE - In this May 19, 2020, file photo, Sen. Joni Ernst, R-Iowa, speaks with reporters after a Senate Republican weekly luncheon on Capitol Hill in Washington. Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Ernst. The endeavor was once viewed as a long shot. But Ernst’s slip in approval and the rallying of Iowa and national Democrats behind one of the four has the race receiving a second look.  (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Democrats fight for chance to take on GOP Sen. Ernst in Iowa

Jun. 1, 2020 6:18 AM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Four relatively unknown Iowa Democrats are competing in a primary Tuesday to take on Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, an endeavor viewed as a long shot when better-known prospects last year took a pass on running. But Ernst's slip in approval and the rallying of Iowa and national...

Tight congressional races top Indiana's delayed primary

May. 30, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The final votes will soon be cast for Indiana’s primary election after it was upended by the coronavirus outbreak amid aggressive campaigns for two congressional seats where incumbents are retiring. Health concerns prompted state officials to delay Tuesday’s primary by...

In this Feb. 13, 2020, photo, GOP U.S. House candidate Claire Chase speaks to voters in Los Lunas, N.M. Chase and two other Republican hopefuls seeking the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small for a key southern New Mexico seat are hitting the airwaves early. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

GOP contest for US House seat in New Mexico limps to end

May. 28, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

RIO RANCHO, N.M. (AP) — The race for a swing U.S. House seat in southern New Mexico has seen a commercial using a cheerleader voice to mock one candidate. One hopeful has accused another of spreading false infidelity rumors. Ads say a candidate attended a San Diego pinata party on the taxpayers’...

In this March 7, 2020, photo, attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez of Santa Fe speaks to local Democratic delegates at a preprimary convention in Pojoaque, N.M. Leger Fernandez is one of seven contenders for the Democratic nomination in New Mexico's June 2 primary to succeed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan in the 3rd Congressional District as he runs for the U.S. Senate. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Former spy, issues of Trump loyalty weigh in New Mexico vote

May. 27, 2020 3:50 PM EDT

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico is deciding on final contenders in open races for a U.S. Senate seat and a congressional slot that last changed hands a dozen years ago. The retirement of Sen. Tom Udall, scion of an Arizona ranching family and son of former Interior Secretary and conservationist Stewart...

Warrant issued for DA candidate in rap campaign video

May. 26, 2020 7:15 PM EDT

COLUMBUS, Ga. (AP) — An arrest warrant was issued for a Georgia district attorney candidate accused of endangering the public after he participated in a campaign video featuring a car driving recklessly on government property, authorities said Tuesday. Mark Jones is wanted by Columbus police and accused...