ALBUQUERQUE  – The battle for the right to take on U.S. Senator Tom Udall was officially joined Saturday.

Now Allen Weh and David Clements have a little more than three months to convince New Mexico Republicans which one of them represents the best hope to knock off Udall, an incumbent Democrat, in the November general election.

The Weh-Clements race was the marquee matchup Saturday at the New Mexico Republican pre-primary convention in Albuquerque, with Weh taking the majority of the votes from GOP delegates.