Colon Tops Spending

New Mexico – Democratic and Republican candidates for lieutenant governor spent more than $650,000 in the past three weeks, with much of that going for television and radio advertising to reach primary election voters.

Former state Democratic Party chairman Brian Colon reported the largest expenditures of five Democrats seeking the party's nomination. He spent $155,000, with more than 80 percent of that going for broadcast advertising, according to the latest state campaign finance report.

In a three-way race for the GOP nomination, John Sanchez, an Albuquerque roofing company owner, spent almost $151,00. About 60 percent of that went for TV and radio ads.

Friday was the deadline for candidates to file reports with the secretary of state disclosing contributions and expenses from May 4 through May 25.

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