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DCCC Cancels Three Weeks of Buys in Seats It Feels Are Safe

House Democrats have canceled advertisement buys in three House races where the party's nominee is on a clear path to victory.

In Arizona's 2nd district, New Mexico's 1st district and Florida's 26th district, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee cut its weeklong reservation starting Oct. 18, according to a Democratic source with firsthand knowledge of the changes.

New Mexico: Martin Heinrich Up 7 Points in Senate Poll

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Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) held a 7-point lead in the state’s open-seat Senate race and Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) led by 12 points in the race to replace Heinrich in the House, according to a new independent poll conducted for the Albuquerque Journal.

Heinrich led former Rep. Heather Wilson (R), 49 percent to 42 percent, and Lujan Grisham led Janice Arnold-Jones (R) in the Albuquerque-based 1st district, 46 percent to 34 percent.

New Mexico: Michelle Lujan Grisham Wins 1st District Democratic Primary

Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham won New Mexico's 1st district Democratic primary and is now favored to be the next Representative for the Albuquerque-based seat.

In a three-way primary that got nasty in the closing weeks, Lujan Grisham won with 40 percent of the vote, followed by state Sen. Eric Griego with 35 percent and former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez with 25 percent.

New Mexico: Eric Griego Fires Back After Michelle Lujan Grisham Ad

New Mexico state Sen. Eric Griego is slamming his 1st district Democratic primary opponent, Michelle Lujan Grisham, in a new TV ad set to be released today.

With less than a week to go until the primary, the ad comes in response to an attack ad Lujan Grisham leveled against Griego. Both candidates have been neck and neck in public and private polling, with former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez in third place.

New Mexico: Internal Polls Illustrate Tight Race for Democratic Nod

Two new internal polls in New Mexico’s 1st district illustrate how tight the battle for the Democratic nomination is with just two weeks to go.

Former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez, state Sen. Eric Griego and Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham are running in the June 5 Democratic primary. The winner will be favored to hold the Albuquerque-based seat, which Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) is vacating to run for Senate.

New Mexico: Bill Clinton Robocalls For Marty Chávez

President Bill Clinton is making his presence felt in yet another Democratic House primary.

“I strongly encourage you to vote for Marty Chávez,” Clinton says in the call. “He’s a proven problem-solver. We need somebody who can get things done in Washington with practical ideas, that in the end, no amount of partisan extremism on the other side can resist. Again, this is Bill Clinton, asking you to vote for my friend Marty Chávez.”

Fundraising: Campaigns Begin to Release Numbers

Crowing campaigns are beginning to leak their first-quarter fundraising numbers. Generally, any campaign releasing its fundraising numbers this early is happy with its totals. Reports must be postmarked by midnight Sunday.

New Jersey: Steven Rothman Barely Beats Bill Pascrell in Quarterly Money Chase

Rep. Steven Rothman (above) just barely outraised fellow Rep. Bill Pascrell in the first quarter. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

In New Jersey's hotly contested Member-vs.-Member Democratic primary, Rep. Steven Rothman narrowly outraised Rep. Bill Pascrell by about $30,000 in the first quarter. Rothman "raised over $540,000," while Pascrell raised "approximately $510,000," according to campaign press releases.

As for cash on hand, Rothman had just less than $1.8 million. Pascrell's campaign did not release its cash total. At year's end, Pascrell had $1.5 million in the bank, versus Rothman's $1.7 million.

New Mexico: Dan Lewis Drops Bid for 1st District

Albuquerque City Councilor Dan Lewis has dropped out of the open 1st district race in New Mexico.

Lewis’ exit leaves former state Rep. Janice Arnold-Jones and retired Army Sgt. Gary Smith as the only Republicans vying for the seat of Rep. Martin Heinrich (D), who is running for Senate.

New Mexico: Balderas, Griego Headline Convention

State Sen. Eric Griego was No. 1 among 1st district candidates at New Mexico’s Democratic Party convention. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call File Photo)

Senate candidate Hector Balderas outperformed expectations, and state Sen. Eric Griego finished on top among 1st district candidates over the weekend at New Mexico’s Democratic Party convention to decide primary ballot position.

Balderas, the state auditor, took 45 percent of the delegate vote against Rep. Martin Heinrich, the Senate frontrunner. Griego took 41 percent to 33 percent for former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chávez and 26 percent for Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham.