New Mexico Senate: Sanchez Likely to Enter Race

New Mexico Lt. Gov. John Sanchez (R) “is poised to join former Rep. Heather Wilson in the Republican primary for the Land of Enchantment’s open Senate seat, according to GOP sources,” Roll Call reports.

The move sets up the likelihood of heated GOP primary that could test the loyalties of newly elected Gov. Susana Martinez (R).

Sanchez, who is putting together a campaign team and plans a trip to Washington, D.C., later this month, ran on a ticket with Martinez in their successful 2010 campaign.

Wilson, who lost the 2008 GOP Senate primary to Rep. Steve Pearce, served as chairwoman of the governor’s transition committee following her election on Nov. 2.

Sanchez would likely “position himself to the right of Wilson.”


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