New Mexico Auditor Hector Balderas wrote on Facebook that he will announce whether he is running for Senate sometime in the next two weeks.
“I’m truly humbled by the outpouring of support encouraging me to run for the United States Senate. I will continue to reflect on this important decision with my family, and will announce my decision within the next two weeks,” Balderas wrote.
If he runs, Balderas would face a Democratic primary battle with Rep. Martin Heinrich, who earlier this month entered the race to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman.
Republicans are expected to have a competitive primary as well, with former Rep. Heather Wilson and two lesser-known conservatives already in the race; Lt. Gov. John Sanchez also is seriously considering it.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, speaks with reporters in the Capitol after a speech on the Senate floor that accused the CIA of searching computers set up for Congressional staff for their research of interrogation programs.