Palin Joins Martinez At Sunday Rally

Albuquerque – Former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin stopped in Albuquerque to throw her support behind New Mexico Republican gubernatorial candidate Susana Martinez.

Some 1,200 people turned out to see Palin and Martinez at a Sunday morning rally.

Martinez, a district attorney from southern New Mexico, is in a five-way race heading into the June 1 primary. She's one of two Republican women vying for the post.

Palin told the cheering crowd that Martinez has the toughness it's going to take to fight corruption, recharge New Mexico's economy and turn the state around. She described Martinez as a strong woman and a no-nonsense prosecutor.

Palin's endorsement of Martinez is the latest in a string of endorsements the former Alaska governor has made in congressional and gubernatorial races around the country.

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