Rep. Martin Heinrich (above) is facing former Rep. Heather Wilson for the Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman. The race is close, and both candidates have outside groups adding support and money to the contest.
Wilson outraised Heinrich in the second quarter, $1.6 million to $1.4 million, when Heinrich had a competitive primary. Heinrich still ended the quarter with slightly more cash, with almost $1.8 million in the bank compared with more than $1.6 million for Wilson.
A poll conducted for environmental groups from June 28 to July 1 by Democratic firm FM3 found Heinrich ahead 49 percent to 45 percent. Thatís nearly identical to internal polling conducted for Heinrichís campaign, which had him up 50 percent to 45 percent, he said. Wilson pollster Glen Bolger said Wednesday that the campaignís latest internal poll from last month had Heinrich up 48 percent to 45 percent.
Heinrich is counting on the support of the stateís two Democratic Senators, Bingaman and Tom Udall. They headlined a fundraiser for him earlier this month, and Bingaman has told Heinrich heíll help as much as possible. His primary opponent, state Auditor Hector Balderas, has also been helpful, Heinrich said.
Martinez, a longtime friend of Wilsonís, was recently the special guest for an event in Las Cruces, and the campaign will welcome Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) to the state on Saturday.
Terri Henderson, 6, center, whose mother is El Salvador, attends a rally with members of Congress at Union Station's Columbus Circle to announce the Restore Opportunity, Strengthen, and Improve the Economy (ROSIE) Act on July 29, 2014. The legislation provides incentives for government contractors to pay a living wage and other benefits that would help low-income workers.