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ICYMI: Deb Haaland Wins Big at Democratic Party of New Mexico Pre-Primary Convention

Haaland's Campaign Gets 34.8% in Six-Way Race, Redefines NM-01 Congressional Primary


March 13, 2018

Albuquerque, NM - At today's Democratic Party of New Mexico’s Pre-Primary Convention, Deb Haaland decisively won an astonishing six-way race with 34.8% of the vote, redefining the congressional primary for NM-01. Democrats in the district are ready to make history by electing a proven champion who has lived progressive values and could be the first Native American woman ever in Congress.

Four of Deb's opponents were unable to achieve the 20% needed to get on the ballot. No candidate in the history of NM01 that did not receive the 20% at the State Convention has gone on to win the Democratic primary. Results can be found here, here, and here.

Haaland's Campaign Manager, Scott Forrester, released the following statement:

“This win absolutely redefines the race for New Mexico’s First Congressional District. Winning 34.8% of the vote in a six-way race is no easy feat. Voters in NM-01 are energized and excited about Deb’s story, and they know she's always talked the talk and walked the walk. Deb has shown she has the grit and determination to take on Donald Trump, fight for a renewable energy revolution, a $15 minimum wage, Medicare for All, and a true investment in public education."

Deb Haaland released the following statement:

“I am fired up! I am ready to take the fight to Donald Trump and the Republicans, and I am ready to take my lived progressive values to Congress and be the champion New Mexicans deserve. Thank you to every single convention delegate who supported me, and I hope to earn the support of everyone else as this campaign goes on. My parents and my pueblo-military upbringing gave me my work ethic, and I am going to work tirelessly to earn the votes of everyone in this district. Congress has never heard a voice like mine. Onward to victory in the June primary!"

This win also comes at the end of a week in which 350 Action, Bill McKibben, and Congressman Ted Lieu all announced endorsements for Deb. They join the Congressional Black Caucus PAC; the National Organization of Women PAC, the American Postal Workers Union; Congresswoman Karen Bass; Congressman Cedric Richmond; Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal; 10 other members of Congress; 28 elected, former-elected, and community leaders in New Mexico; and over 50 tribes and tribal leaders nationwide. Deb Haaland's campaign continues to build the organization and support needed to win the Democratic primary on June 5.

Deb is an enrolled member of the Pueblo of Laguna. She grew up in a military family; her father was a 30-year combat Marine who was awarded the Silver Star Medal during Vietnam, and her mother is a Navy veteran who went on to work 25 years in Indian education. Deb’s family moved throughout the country during her father’s military service; as a result, she attended 13 different high schools before graduating. She knows the sacrifices made by military families all too well — because she’s lived them.

Deb is a single mother who volunteered cleaning toilets and sweeping floors in order to afford her daughter’s early childhood education. Like so many New Mexicans, Deb had to rely on food stamps at times as a single parent. She has been a small-business owner and knows her colleagues’ challenges firsthand. Deb has lived paycheck-to-paycheck and struggled to put herself through college and law school — but she did it through hard work and determination. Like so many New Mexicans, both Deb and her daughter are still working to pay off exorbitant higher-education loans. Unlike her opponents, Deb is not in a position to self-fund her campaign.

Deb is running for Congress because she’s lived the struggles of everyday New Mexicans. She understand their needs and is best equipped to be our families’ fiercest advocate in Congress. She will fight tirelessly to create opportunities and improve livelihood for all New Mexicans.

Learn more about Deb and her campaign at


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