Haussamen: NM Supreme Court to hear GOP suit

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This just in from Las Cruces blogger Heath Haussamen:

The New Mexico Supreme Court will hear oral arguments this afternoon regarding the Republican Party’s lawsuit against the secretary of state and attorney general.

The hearing is a 4 p.m. today in Santa Fe.

The lawsuit alleges that two Republican candidates were unfairly denied spots on the Nov. 7 general election ballot and that the Democrats illegally placed a candidate on the ballot.

At issue is the secretary of state allowing Democrats to place Hector Balderas on the ballot for state auditor and denying Republican attempts to place Roger Gonzales of Mora on the ballot for Balderas’ House seat and Barbara V. Johnson of Albuquerque on the ballot for a district judgeship in Albuquerque.

Republicans filed the lawsuit on Sept. 27 and requested an emergency hearing because ballots were already being printed.

From what I’ve read, there is some precedent for the secretary of state’s decision, but I’ll keep an eye out for results in the morning.

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