Senate race pits political scion against TV-savvy Republican

Regarding health care reforms, Ronchetti said the Affordable Care Act should be replaced through a negotiated solution.

He invokes his own recent experience in signing up his family for “Obamacare” through New Mexico’s health insurance marketplace after leaving a job — describing expensive holes in the coverage such as a $16,000 deductible. In an ad, Ronchetti’s school-aged daughter Ava attests, “I have a preexisting condition and my dad would never let me down.”

Luján warns that overturning consumer protections in the Affordable Care Act would have devastating affects in a state with high poverty rates, where residents have flocked to federally subsidized Medicaid since its expansion in 2013.

Luján emerged early as the uncontested Democratic nominee with a formidable campaign fundraising machine to succeed retiring Sen. Tom Udall. Luján raised $6 million in campaign cash to Ronchetti’s $1.4 million, as of June 30.

A former casino dealer, Luján has never lost a state or federal election since winning his first in 2004 as a utility and telecom regulator.

He is the son of Democratic powerbroker Ben Luján Sr., who served as state House speaker from 2001 until his death in 2012. He’s also a political ally of U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who tapped him to lead the campaign arm of the Democratic House in successful efforts to reclaim a majority in 2018.

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