By Tim Korte: The Associated Press
ALBUQUERQUE — Democrat Brian Colon and Republican John Sanchez have won their parties’ nominations for New Mexico lieutenant governor.
Tuesday’s results mean Colon will be paired on the Democratic ticket with gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish in the November general election.
Sanchez will run on the GOP side with Susana Martinez.
Colon, former director of the New Mexico Democratic Party, beat retired governmental agency administrator Lawrence Rael of Albuquerque and three legislators — Jose Campos of Santa Rosa, Gerald Ortiz y Pino of Albuquerque and Linda Lopez of Albuquerque.
Attempts to contact Campos, currently representing Curry and Roosevelt counties in House District 63, were unsuccessful.
Sanchez, who lost the 2002 gubernatorial race to Democrat Bill Richardson, defeated former state Rep. Brian Moore of Clayton and state Sen. Kent Cravens of Albuquerque.
Moore said he called Sanchez a little before 10 p.m. to concede and congratulate him on a well-run campaign.
He said name recognition, and Sanchez’ prior experience helped.
“When John ran for governor, he ran statewide,” Moore said. “He got a lot of name ID (coming into the race)
“He had a good message and gave it well. I was a little-town guy and I guess I was outclassed.”
CNJ staff writer Kevin Wilson contributed to this report.