Longshot Democrat Considering Dropping Out

Peter DeBenedittis is open to supporting another candidate in the race.

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Zach C. Cohen
March 8, 2018, 10:59 a.m.

Alcohol addiction prevention activist Peter DeBenedittis (D) “said Wednesday he has been in discussions with his three opponents about the possibility of him dropping out of the race and offering his endorsement … if any of his opponents would embrace his positions on … single-payer health insurance, establishing a state-owned public bank and requiring the state to switch to 100 percent renewable energy.”

“DeBenedittis said two of his opponents offered him a job. All three of the other candidates’ campaigns denied that Wednesday. Meanwhile, though both DeBenedittis and a spokesman for the campaign of candidate Jeff Apodaca (D) said no such deal between the two has been reached, DeBenedittis and Apodaca have scheduled a joint news conference Friday in Albuquerque.” (Santa Fe New Mexican)

“Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) has long been the front-runner for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination. The consensus is that she will score from 60 to 69 percent of the delegate vote. That would make it impossible for the three other contenders to each get 20 percent. Jeff Apodaca is seen as having the best chance.” (New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan)


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