Martinez wins GOP gubernatorial primary

The Associated Press

ALBUQUERQUE — Prosecutor Susana Martinez has won the Republican nomination for New Mexico governor.

She’ll face Democrat Diane Denish in a general election race deciding who becomes the state’s first female governor.

It will be the third woman-against-woman gubernatorial general election matchup in U.S. history. Martinez is the first Hispanic woman nationally to be nominated for governor by either Republicans or Democrats.

Martinez, the Dona Ana County district attorney, won a five-way contest for the GOP nomination Tuesday night with 51 percent of the vote in unofficial returns. Former state GOP chairman Allen Weh had 28 percent of the vote.

Denish, the lieutenant governor since 2003, was unopposed on the Democratic ballot.