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Gloves stay on in quiet NM Senate primary
Gloves stay on in quiet NM Senate primary, but there'll be a battle in November election
By The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) ' Four years ago, New Mexico's Heather Wilson gave up her House seat to make a run for a rare opening in the Senate. She lost in a bare-knuckled Republican primary.

This year Wilson has the luxury of sitting back as the Democratic successor to her House seat takes a similar gamble. And the stakes are equally high this time, too.

With Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman retiring, the GOP is targeting New Mexico in its drive to capture control of the Senate and swing the battleground state back to Republicans in the presidential election.

If Wilson wins the Republican primary as expected, she will face one of two young Democrats in November, either state Auditor Hector Balderas or congressman Martin Heinrich. Heinrich has Wilson's old seat in the House.

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