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.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.