Conservative Pearce Wins GOP Primary for Domenici Seat

Dems predict an easier win for Tom Udall
By Dustin Lushing,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 4, 2008 11:29 AM CDT
Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., applauds as she listens to a speech by first lady Laura Bush as Sen. Pete Domenici, R-N.M., looks on at a campaign rally for Wilson in Albuquerque, N.M., in this Nov. 3, 2006,...   (AP Photo/Jake Schoellkopf, File)
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(Newser) – New Mexico Rep. Steve Pearce edged out Rep. Heather Wilson in the GOP primary for retiring Sen. Pete Domenici's seat yesterday, Politico reports. The results pleased Democrats, who predict that Pearce, who ran as an unapologetic conservative, will be a weaker opponent to Democratic Rep. Tom Udall in November than the more moderate Wilson would have been.

Wilson and Domenici were both tied to the attorney firings scandal in 2006 after a federal prosecutor was fired for not bringing corruption indictments against New Mexico Democratic politicians.