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New Mexico: Unopposed in Primary, Udall Airing TV Spots

Rep. Tom Udall, the presumptive Democratic Senate nominee, reported nearly $2.9 million on hand as of May 14, giving him a huge financial advantage against his eventual Republican opponent.

Udall doesn’t face any opposition in the June 3 Democratic primary, but nevertheless hit the statewide broadcast and cable television airwaves with two new spots. The first is a 60-second biography ad, and the second is a 30-second piece focusing on Udall’s support for military veterans.

The ads are also up on statewide radio.

Meanwhile, Reps. Steve Pearce and Heather Wilson are slugging it out for the Republican nod, spending precious resources in the process that won’t be available for the general election fight against Udall. Pearce as of May 14 reported more than $200,000 on hand, while Wilson reported more than $700,000.

Udall is favored to win the general election in every poll assessing the race.

“We are extremely grateful to all of Tom’s supporters for their enthusiasm and generosity,” Udall campaign manager Amanda Cooper said in a statement. “They are helping ensure that Tom’s record of doing what’s right for New Mexico is resonating strongly throughout our state.”

The National Republican Senatorial Committee, noting the Land of Enchantment’s status as a swing state, predicted that Udall’s solidly Democratic voting record would cause him problems in the general election that his financial edge won’t be able to solve.

Udall currently holds the solidly Democratic, northern New Mexico 3rd district.

“It will take more than money for Tom Udall to convince voters that his liberal record is a good fit for New Mexico,” NRSC spokeswoman Rebecca Fisher said.

— David M. Drucker

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