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.
From left, Lisa Peng, daughter of Peng Ming, Grace Ge Geng, daughter of Gao Zhisheng, and Ti-Anna Wang, daughter of Wang Bingzhang, hold pictures of their imprisoned fathers during a House Subcommittee on Africa, Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations hearing in the Rayburn House Office Building titled “Their Daughters Appeal to Beijing: ‘Let Our Fathers Go!’”
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