OILMAN DEFEATS KOKESH IN GOP HOUSE RACE.
Byline: STEVE TERRELL
Republicans in the 3rd Congressional District Noun 1. congressional district - a territorial division of a state; entitled to elect one member to the United States House of Representatives
district, territorial dominion, territory, dominion - a region marked off for administrative or other purposes decided to stick with a traditional GOP conservative instead of a young, Ron Paul-style libertarian to run against incumbent U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan.
Tom Mullins, a Farmington oilman and political newcomer, easily defeated Adam Kokesh of Santa Fe.
Kokesh was an unusual candidate from the start. He was endorsed by Paul, a congressman from Texas who ran for president in 2008, and was embraced by members of Paul's nationwide "Liberty Movement." Kokesh, a Marine who fought in Iraq, had gained nationwide recognition for being a combat veteran opposing the war. He was escorted out of the 2008 Republican National Convention in Minnesota for heckling presidential nominee John McCain For McCain's grandfather and father, see John S. McCain, Sr. and John S. McCain, Jr., respectively
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It was a hard-fought contest that quickly turned personal. Mullins attacked Kokesh as a "professional protester" and "Internet celebrity." Mullins' line of attack was echoed by national right-wing pundit An expert or knowledgeable person. From "pandit" in Hindi. See guru. Michelle Malkin Michelle Malkin (née Maglalang) (born October 20, 1970) is a socially and politically conservative American columnist, blogger, author and political commentator. She makes frequent guest appearances on national syndicated radio programs and on television networks such as , who in a blog post called Kokesh "an anti-war smear merchant in GOP clothing."
Kokesh accused the state Republican Party leadership of favoring Mullins. He called on GOP chairman Harvey Yates to reprimand REPRIMAND, punishment. The censure which in some cases a public office pronounces against an offender.
2. This species of punishment is used by legislative bodies to punish their members or others who have been guilty of some impropriety of conduct towards them. Mullins for "false statements" and "slander."
Mullins has his work cut out for him in this district. It will be hard for any Republican to win in this district, which Congressional Quarterly ranks as a "safe Democratic" district.
The National Republican Congressional Committee isn't expected to spend any money in this race.
Perhaps as an indication of how national Republicans regard this race, on Tuesday night the National Republican Congressional Committee released a statement congratulating GOP congressional nominees Jon Barela and Steve Pearce in the 1st and 2nd congressional districts. They didn't mention Mullins.
Republicans are in the minority in the 3rd Congressional District, which covers most of the northern half of the state. Democrats outnumber Republicans by nearly 2 to 1. As of May 24, there were 212,459 registered Democrats in the district, 109,185 Republicans, 56,285 independents (declined to state) and 9,619 members of other parties.
In the 2008 general election, Lujan won his first term with 57 percent of the vote. Republican candidate Dan East got 30 percent, while independent Carol Miller got
13 percent of the vote. That year, Lujan won a bitter primary race against several candidates. This time he was unopposed in the Democratic primary.
As of his campaign finance report of May 12, Lujan had more than $366,000 cash in hand. Mullins had $27,740.
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