Morales, of Silver City, received more than 50 percent of the vote in the four-candidate field.
Before he spoke Saturday, Morales played a video featuring Santa Fe Mayor-elect Alan Webber endorsing his candidacy. Webber, who takes office Monday, said he couldn’t be at the convention because he was in Santa Fe setting up his government.
Webber and Morales were rivals in the 2014 gubernatorial primary that was won by Gary King. Webber said he came to admire Morales.
Meanwhile, state Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City cruised to victory in the lieutenant governor race, winning nearly 50.3 percent of the delegate vote. Former state Rep. Rick Miera of Albuquerque came in second with 27.8 percent of the delegate votes, with ex-Public Education Commissioner Jeff Carr of Eagle Nest and Doña Ana County Commissioner Billy Garrett failing to reach the 20 percent mark.
Hitting that threshold has traditionally been seen as a sign of candidate strength, but some candidates have gone on to victory in the primary election despite falling short at the pre-primary convention.