Balderas to Announce Senate Decision in Next Two Weeks

Posted April 15, 2011 at 4:17pm

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.

Roll Call Politics rates this race a Tossup.