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Democrat Hector Balderas stockpiles $602,000 for final weeks in attorney general's race


SANTA FE, New Mexico — With the election less than a month away, Democrat Hector Balderas holds a more than 8-to-1 campaign cash advantage over Republican Susan Riedel in New Mexico's race for attorney general.

Balderas spent nearly $334,825 in the past month, with three-fourths of it for television advertising, according to the latest campaign finance reports.

Balderas had cash-on-hand of $601,692 as of last week, and Riedel had a balance of $69,627. Her campaign spent more than $161,527, with about 90 percent for ads.

Balderas is a two-term state auditor, and Riedel is a former prosecutor and district judge from Las Cruces.

The reports filed with the secretary of state's office cover contributions and spending from Sept. 2 through Oct. 6.

The reports due Tuesday provide a look at the financing available to candidates as they enter a critical stage of the campaign season and early voting gets underway this weekend at locations across the state.

Balderas collected $114,129 in contributions, including $5,200 each from the Sandia Pueblo and the National Education Association. Riedel raised $52,857, including $22,400 from oil and gas producers and their family members.

Here are campaign finance summaries for other offices:

—Secretary of state: Democratic challenger Maggie Toulouse Oliver spent $163,792, with advertising accounting for nearly 90 percent of the total. Republican incumbent Dianna Duran spent $9,389 and had cash-on-hand of $206,159 for the final stretch of the campaign. Oliver had a balance of $148,863 in her campaign account and had raised $91,828, including $10,400 from unions. Duran received $51,950 in contributions, including at least $19,000 from the oil and gas industry.

—Land commissioner: Republican challenger Aubrey Dunn raised and spent more than Democratic incumbent Ray Powell. Dunn had a balance of $74,799, and Powell had $66,809. Dunn spent $132,481, with 95 percent for advertising. Powell had expenditures of $96,010, with 80 percent going for ads. The incumbent raised $43,567, including $3,950 from unions. Dunn collected $57,120, including about $20,000 from farming and ranching operations.

—State auditor: Democrat Tim Keller had a 16-to-1 edge in campaign cash over Republican Robert Aragon. Keller reported a balance of $151,781, and Aragon had $9,477. Keller spent $167,302, with 90 percent for ads. Aragon spent $1,297, all for campaign signs. Keller raised $66,325, including $12,700 from unions. Aragon raised $7,225. There's no incumbent because Balderas is running for attorney general.

—State treasurer: Democrat Tim Eichenberg reported cash-on-hand of $32,097, and Republican Rick Lopez had $13,606. Eichenberg spent $5,672 compared with $6,185 by Lopez. Eichenberg raised $26,416, including a personal loan of $4,651. Lopez received $12,295 in contributions, including $2,400 from Biad Chili Products of Mesilla. There's no incumbent in the race because Democrat James Lewis is term-limited.

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