GOP power struggle erupts in New Mexico

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. (AP Photo/Willis Glassgow)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – Ideological soul searching and bitter infighting have erupted within New Mexico’s Republican Party – and it is not about Donald Trump.

A heated contest for one of New Mexico’s three positions on the Republican National Committee is dividing local GOP stalwarts this week as they prepare to pick delegates to the national convention.

At stake is control over a crucial line of communication with the national Republican Party and influence over its resources.

Seeking to extend his eight-year tenure on the national committee is Albuquerque attorney Pat Rogers. He is seen as a confidant of New Mexico’s governor and her top political adviser.

His challenger is third-generation oilman and former state Republican Party chairman Harvey Yates. He has won a burst of endorsements from state lawmakers.

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