New Mexico state Auditor Hector Balderas announced raising more than $400,000 in the first two months since launching his Senate campaign.
Balderas now has $370,000 on hand, a solid start for what is expected to be a competitive Democratic primary against Rep. Martin Heinrich.
The second-term Congressman, who launched his campaign April 2, has not yet released his second-quarter totals. Heinrich had $350,000 on hand at the end of the first quarter, during which he was technically raising money for a re-election campaign.
"While we start this campaign as a clear underdog, we're finding a growing number of people who are responding to Hector's record of fiscal responsibility and his vision of economic opportunity for all New Mexicans," Balderas campaign manager Caroline Buerkle said in a statement. "These financial resources will help ensure that we remain competitive and that we can take that message to people across New Mexico."
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.