Mar. 29—What should have been a race turned out to be no contest. The last gubernatorial election in
With opportunity knocking, the
After all the defeats, blunders and self-inflicted wounds, there was no reason to believe
But in a surprising move over the weekend, the
Moores, 50, was the only Republican candidate with a track record in government service and a winning streak in elections.
His first campaign for the
Moores has been reelected to the
Members of the Republican state central committee chose Moores as their candidate.
The Democratic central committee will select its nominee Tuesday. Moores and his Democratic opponent will be the leading contenders in the
Haaland, a Democrat, resigned from
Moores knows the odds are against him. A Republican last won
"I'm a football player, so it's game on," Moores said in a phone interview.
He grew up in
"He spent many summers and holidays in
Moores started on the offensive line for the Lobos. He stayed in the state after graduating from UNM with a bachelor's degree in political science.
Moores eventually went to work in the
Schiff, a Republican, represented
"I think of Steve all the time," Moores said. "If there's a difficult issue, I'll ask myself what Steve would do."
Moores now makes his living outside politics. He and his wife, Lisa, are partners in a laboratory that has provided coronavirus testing.
Blunting the virus and improving the economy it mangled will be two of Moores' issues in the congressional campaign.
"I'll also be focusing on crime. It's out of control in
His voting record in the state
He and Sen.
Like every other Republican in the
The Democratic congressional contenders favor the proposal, and the nominee is sure to criticize Moores for his stand.
He will be ready with a counterattack built on what he calls irresponsible spending by the
Moores, 6-feet-7 and still as wide as an offensive tackle, knows he's the biggest candidate as well as a big underdog.
From the bleachers, rank-and-file
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