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."
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.