“Amarillo” Steve Pearce was never popular with Democrats in Santa Fe. He’s not the choice of Santa Fe’s top-ranking Republican either.

Bob Graham, chairman of the Republican Party of Santa Fe County, will not back Pearce for a third term as leader of New Mexico’s GOP.

“I’m going to support Robert Aragon,” Graham said. “We need a different vision. The results of the last three elections are not good. Leadership and consultants need to change. It’s nothing personal, but sometimes hard decisions need to be made.”

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