Washington (CNN) – Voters in California accustomed to casting ballots in party primaries will see something very different on Tuesday: All candidates, regardless of affiliation, will compete in the same preliminary contest, with the top two finishers moving on to compete in the general election.
California is one of five states holding primaries Tuesday. Others include an intra-party fight in New Jersey that pits President Barack Obama against former President Bill Clinton and a fight for the U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico vacated by retiring Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Residents of two other states - Montana and South Dakota - will also vote Tuesday.FULL STORY
(CNN) - First lady Michelle Obama wrapped up a day of campaign stops in New Mexico and Nevada on Tuesday, finishing her four-state swing in likely battleground territory this fall.
As her husband landed in Afghanistan for a surprise trip, the first lady was speaking at a private fundraising event at the Los Poblanos Inn and Cultural Center near Albuquerque, New Mexico.
(CNN) – Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson told supporters he will seek the Libertarian Party presidential nomination, a campaign source confirmed to CNN on Tuesday.
Johnson has been running for president on the Republican ticket since April but has struggled to break above the low single digits in poll numbers.
(CNN) - New Mexico Rep. Martin Heinrich edged out State Auditor Hector Balderas in second-quarter fundraising as both candidates prepare for a Democratic primary battle in the state's open U.S. Senate seat.
According to statements released by both campaigns Tuesday, Heinrich raised $485,000 to Balderas' $400,000 in campaign cash. But when it comes to donors, Heinrich outnumbered Balderas two to one.
(CNN) – It's getting interesting in New Mexico.
On Tuesday Lt. Gov. John Sanchez announced his bid for the GOP Senate nomination, setting up what could be an interesting primary fight between him and former Republican Rep. Heather Wilson.
(CNN) – It seems national Democrats have the candidate they were hoping for in the 2012 fight to keep New Mexico's open U.S. Senate seat in party hands.
Rep. Martin Heinrich announced his candidacy Saturday in the race for the seat of retiring five-term Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman.
(CNN) – She doesn't announce her candidacy until Monday, but that's not stopping some partisan words from flying over Heather Wilson's bid for the open Senate seat in New Mexico.
A GOP source confirms to CNN that the Republican former five-term congresswoman and former Air Force officer is expected Monday jump into the race for the seat of retiring five-term Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman. Her entrance into the contest was first reported by Politico.
(CNN) - For New York, New Mexico and Michigan, the start of the new year means a new governor.
On Saturday, Democrat Andrew Cuomo became New York's 56th governor, Republican Susana Martinez became New Mexico's 27th governor and the nation's first female Hispanic governor and Republican Rick Snyder became Michigan's 48th governor. The three new state chiefs seized the reins amid difficult economic realities, something that remained a constant throughout the ceremonies.
(CNN) - Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson hasn't been shy about smoking marijuana in the past, but a new interview reveals that this past may not be so distant. In an interview with The Weekly Standard released Monday, Johnson admits that he smoked marijuana recently for medicinal purposes.
Johnson is an avid supporter of the legalization of marijuana and the revelation that it's a part of his past isn't a new one. When asked if he ever smoked marijuana, he referenced Bill Clinton circa 1992 to The New Republic in November, saying "I never exhaled." But The Weekly Standard prompted a response from Johnson that puts his use of marijuana within the last two years: "It's not anything I volunteer, but you're the only person that actually asked about it," he said, "But for luck, I guess, I wasn't arrested."
(CNN) - President Obama said he wants to meet with the freshman class of governors, and the country's first female Hispanic governor-elect said she knows what she wants to say to him.
"I certainly want him to focus in on New Mexico and the issues of, one, creating jobs… reviving our economy, but also on the border," Republican Governor-elect Susana Martinez said in an interview set to air on CNN's John King, USA Wednesday. "We must secure our border."