New Mexico Supreme Court Candidates Raise $161,000

Nov 2, 2012

Democratic and Republican candidates for a seat on New Mexico's highest court report raising about $161,000 for their campaigns so far.

The latest campaign finance reports show Democrat Barbara Vigil has spent nearly $79,000 on her campaign for the state Supreme Court compared to about $45,000 by Republican Paul Kennedy.

Gov. Susana Martinez appointed Kennedy to the Supreme Court in September to fill a vacancy created by a retirement on the five-member court. Vigil is a district judge in Santa Fe.

Vigil has raised about $100,000, with about a third of that last month. Kennedy has collected about $61,000 for his campaign, with half of that in October.

The Supreme Court candidates couldn't qualify for public financing because the court vacancy occurred after the primary election.

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press.