A press conference for former Rep. Heather Wilson has been scheduled at Desert Paper & Envelope in Albuquerque on Monday at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time, and the Republican is expected to announce she is entering the race for New Mexico's open Senate seat.
A press release on Sunday stated only that Wilson intends to make an announcement. Wilson declined to comment about a potential Senate bid when reached by phone on Friday, but a GOP source confirmed then that the former Congresswoman will announce she is running.
This is Wilson’s second Senate bid in four years after losing in the 2008 Republican primary. Two lower-tier Republicans are already in the 2012 race, but Wilson enters the contest as the frontrunner.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.