San Francisco Chronicle: Challenger raises more cash than top Senator

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Democratic primary election challenger is raising more campaign cash than the president of the New Mexico state Senate.

Tracy Perry of Las Cruces reported Tuesday that her campaign has raised roughly $32,400 over a six-month period as she runs for the primary nomination to a legislative seat held by Sen. Mary Kay Papen. Papen raised $21,100 during the same period.

Conservative-leaning Democrats in the state Senate are confronting primary election challenges after the failure this year of progressive initiatives to legalize recreational marijuana and overturn the state's dormant ban on most abortion procedures. The abortion ban could go into effect if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn its Roe v. Wade decision.

An additional Democratic contender for Papen's seat, Carrie Hamblen, raised $9,000 in campaign funds.

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