An adviser to New Mexico Auditor Hector Balderas (D) told Roll Call there is no chance the auditor will run for Rep. Martin Heinrich's (D) 1st district seat, refuting the notion floated by state insiders.
Balderas is still undecided about the Senate race, but he is expected to announce his plans within the next month.
Democrats hope to avoid a contested primary like the one Republicans will likely have. Former Rep. Heather Wilson (R) and two conservatives are running, while Lt. Gov. John Sanchez (R) is taking a serious look.
Rep. Steve Pearce (R) has not ruled it out, but he has not shown much interest either. He just got back the House seat he left for his unsuccessful Senate bid in 2008.
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.