Democratic presidential hopeful wants on New Mexico ballot

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – A Democratic presidential candidate not named Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders is fighting to be placed on the ballot in New Mexico.

Roque “Rocky” De La Fuente, a California Democrat, has filed a federal lawsuit to get his name on the New Mexico ballot for the state’s June 7 primary.

De La Fuente says he collected enough signatures to be on the state’s ballot but the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office says his campaign fell short. His campaign disputes that and wants his name next to Clinton and Sanders.

De La Fuente is a businessman based in San Diego.

A spokesman for the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office did not immediately return an email from The Associated Press. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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