Republican Mark Ronchetti to face Rep. Ben Ray Luján in New Mexico Senate race

Republican Mark Ronchetti to face Rep. Ben Ray Luján in New Mexico Senate race
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New Mexico Republican Mark Ronchetti won New Mexico’s GOP Senate primary, setting up a battle with Rep. Ben Ray Luján (D) in the race to replace retiring Sen. Tom UdallThomas (Tom) Stewart UdallLWCF modernization: Restoring the promise OVERNIGHT ENERGY: House Democrats tee up vote on climate-focused energy bill next week | EPA reappoints controversial leader to air quality advisory committee | Coronavirus creates delay in Pentagon research for alternative to 'forever chemicals' Senate Democrats demand White House fire controversial head of public lands agency MORE (D-N.M.).

Rochetti, a former television meteorologist, beat two Republican rivals, leading with 59 percent of the vote with 42 percent of precincts reporting, according to The Associated Press.

Luján, who was elected to the House of Representatives in 2008, ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. 

The Cook Political Report, a nonpartisan election handicapper, rates the race as “Likely” Democratic.