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Pearce Win Over Wilson in N.M. Headlines June 3 Primaries

Rep. Steve Pearce eked out a narrow victory Tuesday over Rep. Heather Wilson to claim the Republican nomination in the race to succeed New Mexico Sen. Pete Domenici (R), capping off a heated campaign on a day crowded with congressional primary contests.

With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Pearce had 51 percent to Wilson's 49 percent, winning the contest by roughly 3,000 votes. Pearce will now face Rep. Tom Udall (D) in November, with polls showing the Democrat currently in the lead.

Elsewhere in New Mexico, Albuquerque City Councilman Martin Heinrich beat New Mexico Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron and two other challengers for the Democratic nod in the 1st District seat being vacated by Wilson. Heinrich squares off in the general election against Bernalillo County Sheriff Darren White in what will be one of the toughest fought open-seat races in the country. In the race to succeed Pearce, Democrat Harry Teague will face Republican Ed Tinsley;Republicans have an advantage in the district, but Democrats are hoping they can steal it.

* In Northern California, state Sen. Tom McClintock beat ex-Rep. Doug Ose for the Republican nomination in the 4th District, where scandal-plagued Rep. John Doolittle (R) is retiring. The Democratic nominee is Charlie Brown, who ran a competitive race against Doolittle in 2006 and will try again to capture the GOP-leaning district.

* In New Jersey, Sen. Frank Lautenberg beat back Rep. Rob Andrews's primary challenge. Lautenberg will face Dick Zimmer in the general election. And in the 7th District being vacated by retiring Rep. Mike Ferguson (R), state Sen. Leonard Lance defeated several other candidates, including Kate Whitman (daughter of former Gov. Christine Todd Whitman), for the GOP nod. Lance faces state Assemblywoman Linda Stender (D) in November. Stender nearly defeated Ferguson in 2006.

* In Alabama, two Republicans will head to a July 15 runoff to determine the nominee in the 5th District race, where Rep. Bud Cramer's retirement offers a rare pickup opportunity for the GOP. Insurance executive Wayne Parker easily out polled attorney Cheryl Guthrie in the Republican primary Tuesday, but Parker fell just short of the 50 percent needed to avoid a runoff. State Sen. Parker Griffith (D) awaits the winner in November. There will also be a GOP runoff in the 2nd District, where Rep. Terry Everett (R) is retiring. State Rep. Jay Love and state Sen. Harri Anne Smith advancing from Tuesday's GOP balloting, while Montgomery Mayor Bobby Bright easily won the Democratic nomination

By Ben Pershing  |  June 4, 2008; 9:15 AM ET
Categories:  2008 Campaign  
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