Skip to comments.Gloves stay on in quiet NM Senate primary, but there’ll be a battle in November election
Posted on 05/24/2012 1:30:43 PM PDT by CedarDave
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. Four years ago, Heather Wilson gave up her House seat from New Mexico to make a run for a rare opening in the Senate. She lost in a bare-knuckled Republican primary. This year she has the luxury of sitting back as the Democratic successor to her House seat takes a similar gamble.
She still has one opponent, Las Cruces businessman and twice-losing congressional candidate Greg Sowards, but she is expected to win the primary easily. If she does, Wilson will face one of two young Democrats in November: Rep. Martin Heinrich, 40, who two years ago won her congressional seat representing Albuquerque, or state Auditor Hector Balderas, 38.
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After helping Cruz next week, the Tea Party should then move next door to NM to pull Sowards over the top.
U people are idiots! The other guy is a 2 time loser. Wilson held a Democrat district for 10 years. The bald headed conservative beat her for the other seat and what did it get us? If New Mexico were a red state I’d say go for the conservative. Instead u want us to lose a potential pickup. I say elect Wilson and ask for a ‘Profile inCourage’ or 2(in-between pokes in the eye). THEN if(or when) she turns out like the Maine twins we can pull a Dick Lugar on her. Republicans are busy throwing a winnable Senate seat in Florida. As I see it the Kennedy seat and the one in New Mexico were held by the other side for 30-plus years. Doesn’t the turnover count for anything? I hope u people in Hawaii are reading this.
New Mexico conservative Republicans tried this in 2008 and went from 3 of 5 Republicans in Congress to 0 of 5.
In the Senate primary in 2008 to replace Pete Domenici, Wilson lost to conservative Steve Pearce, then District 2 Congressman who got trounced by left-leaning tree hugger, Obama-ass kisser Tom Udall.
Sowards ran for Pearces seat in the primary but was defeated by Ed Tinsley who lost to the Democrat Harry Teague who in turn lasted but two years before Pearce regained his seat in 2010, largely as a result of Tea-Party support.
Now Sowards is trying the same thing, this time to gain the Senate seat held by retiring Democrat Jeff Bingaman. And the leading Democrat to replace him? Another Obama ass-kisser and tree hugger, Martin Heinrich who holds the District 1 Congressional seat vacated by Wilson when she ran for Senate.
New Mexico is a minority Anglo state with only 40.5% of the population non-Hispanic White. Hispanics make up 46.3% of the population and Indians 9.4% with the difference being Blacks and Asians (source, US Census, 2010). Sowards, if he wins the primary, will suffer the same fate as Pearce and he doesnt have anything like the credentials that Steve has.
Though all things being equal, I would prefer a Tea-party conservative, when faced with a cultural population breakdown as shown above, the best chance for Republicans to regain this seat is to elect Wilson in the primary. A loss to a Democrat in the general election will add another Senator from a resource-rich state who will do what he can to stop natural resource development and use including oil and gas, mining and logging. Environmentalists would like nothing better than to stop the extraction of fossil fuels and have two senators who would do what they can to put the brakes on use of our countrys God-given resources for non-efficient, costly and unreliable green-energy.
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