ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – It took him three tries, but Democrat Gary King will finally have the chance to follow in his father Bruce’s footsteps.
The familiar name paid off.
King cruised to victory Tuesday in the democratic governor’s primary.
The current Attorney General outpaced longtime government administrator Lawrence Rael and businessman Alan Webber.
He finished last at the party convention, but finished first on primary election night.
King has tried to win the party’s nomination twice before.
He lost to Marty Chavez in 1998 and withdrew against Bill Richardson four years after that.
This has been a campaign where the Democrat candidates have avoided attacking each other and party chair Sam Bregman says that was done intentionally.
“I think all of them came together early on and I think I really wanted that and I think the Democrats really wanted that in this state talk about the issues talk about why you’re qualified and they did that,” Democratic party chair, Sam Bregman.
Governor Susana Martinez is meeting with her supporters Tuesday night in the south valley.
The results from other notable races are listed below.
FIRST CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Results show Republican Michael Frese beat out Richard Priem to take on the incumbent, Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham in November.
THIRD CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT
Democrat Ben Ray Lujan beat Robert Blanch by a wide margin. Lujan will now face off against the GOP’s Jefferson Byrd.
Allen Weh beat out David Clements Tuesday night. Weh will face off with incumbent Tom Udall in the general election.
SHERIFF GOP RACE
James Scott Baird has beaten Dan Houston in the race for Bernalillo County Sheriff Republican Primary. Baird won with 48 percent of the vote over Houston who finished with 46 percent of the vote in the Republican primary.