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Washington State Democrats Look for New Leader

In New Mexico, a candidate for Senate resigned from his post as county chairman because state party operatives were concerned his leadership role gave him an unfair advantage in the GOP race, according to The Santa Fe Reporter.

Last week, Doña Ana County Republican Chairman David Clements resigned in a letter to state GOP Chairman John Billingsley. Clements announced his challenge to Sen. Tom Udall, D-N.M., last month. Earlier this year, Clements was part of a faction of Ron Paul supporters who “took control over the county party,” according to the paper.

Las Cruces marks the seat in Doña Ana County, which borders Texas and Mexico, near El Paso. The race against Udall is currently rated Safe Democrat by Rothenberg Political Report/Roll Call.

Vermont Picks New GOP Chairman

Vermont Republicans elected former state Rep. David Sunderland as their new state chairman over the weekend. Outgoing Chairman Jack Lindley is on the mend after he was hospitalized for an undisclosed illness. He opted against another tour of duty with the state party, but he was well enough to attend the Saturday meeting.

Simpson Fundraising Aide Departs

Kendra Waitley recently left her position as Rep. Mike Simpson’s finance director, per the Idaho Statesman.

Simpson’s fundraising is not struggling: He raised $437,000 in the third quarter.

Simpson has a serious primary challenge on his hands from attorney Bryan Smith, who boasts support from the Club for Growth. Whoever wins the primary will almost certainly hold Idaho’s 2nd District for the GOP.

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