Election denial drove New Mexico Democrat attacks, officials say

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By Andrew Hay (Reuters) – Election conspiracy theories drove a defeated Republican candidate in New Mexico with a criminal past to hire gunmen to attack homes of Democratic legislators, marking a dangerous new level of political violence, officials said on Wednesday. Solomon Pena, 39, faced his first court hearing at 1:30 p.m. (2030 GMT) on charges he masterminded and took part in a string of drive-by shootings since Dec. 4 aimed at wounding or killing Democratic officials in Albuquerque, according to police. Pena carried out the attacks, in which no one was hurt, after he lost a November stat…

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