Fundraising allowed some successful statewide candidates to dominate the airwaves. A few challengers ran spendy races and unseated Statehouse incumbents. But in some legislative races, outside political groups might have played a bigger and more far-reaching role.
Branden Durst hopes to win the May 17 GOP state superintendent’s primary by running against all things Sherri Ybarra and Debbie Critchfield. Sometimes, a contrarian candidate wins in a closed Republican primary.
Not all of Friday’s news was surprising. On the last day of the filing period, Gov. Brad Little filed for re-election, and Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin turned in her paperwork for a Republican primary challenge.