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Gov Michelle Lujan Grisham’s reelection campaign today released a video in which President Barack Obama announced his endorsement of the Gov.

The former president cited the gov’s work on abortion access and healthcare as examples of why she has his endorsement. “While other states were banning abortion, she took action to protect the rights of women.This November, you have a choice. Build on this progress, or take New Mexico backwards.” 

Ronchetti and allied groups are hammering the incumbent governor in ads that highlight high crime rates, as the GOP nominee urges voters to hold Lujan Grisham accountable for economic turmoil and lagging school performance in the aftermath of pandemic lockdowns.

Several Republican governors and former Vice President Mike Pence have campaigned for Ronchetti in a state that Donald Trump lost in 2020 and Obama won twice.