Numbers show costly NM campaign season

New Mexico

It was an expensive campaign season in New Mexico.

The campaign for governor-elect, Michelle Lujan Grisham reportedly spent more than $9.5 million.

Republican candidate Steve Pearce spent nearly $5 million according to The Santa Fe New Mexican.

They also report this could fall in line with the national trend.

The research director at the National Institute on Money in State Politics, says this year is on pace to be the most expensive yet for state elections.

He says it appears more candidates than usual ran for state offices across the nation.

He says this year it also appears grassroots support played a big role.

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