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Early speculation abounds about candidates for Bingaman’s seat
Though Jeff Bingaman’s decision not to run for a sixth term in the United States Senate was just announced hours ago, already people are discussing who will run to replace New Mexico’s senior senator.
The Cook Political Report has listed the race as a tossup following the news of Bingaman’s impending retirement.
U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce told Politico that it is too soon to talk about a potential run for Senate.
“When we go home, we’ll sit down with staff and look at it,” he said. “But we’re not in any rush.”
Pearce previously left his 2nd Congressional District seat to run for Senate in 2008. He defeated then-U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson in the Republican primary then lost to Tom Udall in the general election.
So far neither of the Democratic U.S. Reps., Ben Ray Luján and Martin Heinrich, have confirmed or ruled out a Senate run.
Other Democratic names being mentioned as potential candidates are former Bingaman state director and current USDA official Terry Brunner and former gubernatorial candidate and Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, according to Politico. State Auditor Hector Balderas has also been named as a potential candidate.
Wilson said in January that she is considering a Senate run. She said this after heading Gov. Susana Martinez’s transition team.
Former 3rd Congressional District candidate Tom Mullins, a Republican, told reporter Gwyneth Doland that he is not ruling out a run for Senate. Mullins lost to Luján in the general election in 2010.
Two other prominent Republicans have ruled out runs. Former Gov. Gary Johnson has ruled out a run, telling Slate reporter Dave Weigel that he is not interested. Gov. Susana Martinez told Doland that she will not run.