Representative Martin Heinrich (D-NM) “plans to run for the Senate seat being vacated by longtime Sen. Jeff Bingaman, two New Mexico Democrats close to the congressman and familiar with his political plans said Friday,” the AP reports.
The two state Democrats, who spoke on condition of anonymity to avoid upstaging Heinrich’s formal announcement, told The Associated Press that Heinrich will announce his candidacy for U.S. Senate on Saturday. Heinrich, 39, is the first prominent Democrat to jump into the race as his party seeks to hold onto the seat that has been held by Bingaman since 1982.
In 2008, Heinrich “became the first Democrat in 40 years to win the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District seat.”
He won re-election in November despite a strong GOP tide in New Mexico and nationally.
Update: As expected, Heinrich’s announcement is now official.