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New Mexico Senate: Balderas to Seek Democratic Nomination

State Auditor Hector Balderas (D) will be a candidate “for the U.S. Senate seat that fellow Democrat Jeff Bingaman plans to vacate next year,” the New Mexican reports.

Balderas filed a statement of candidacy with the Federal Election Commission and formally will announce his candidacy next week, a source close to Balderas said Thursday.

Balderas, 37, will face at least one other candidate in next year’s Democratic primary: U.S. Rep Martin Heinrich of Albuquerque.

The news of Balderas’ FEC filing came shortly after the political committee of the largest public employee union — the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees — voted unanimously to endorse Heinrich.


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Ensign Expected to Resign

Senator John Ensign (R-NV) “will announce as soon as tomorrow that he plans to resign from the Senate, according to a well-placed source,” Roll Call reports.

The Nevada Republican announced March 7 that he would not run for re-election in 2012, saying “there are consequences to sin,” referring to an extramarital affair he admitted having with the wife of his former top aide.

According to the Huffington Post, his departure “could clear the way for Nevada’s Republican governor to appoint Rep. Dean Heller (R) to the seat, giving the GOP an incumbent in 2012.”

Ensign’s full statement is linked here. He says his resignation is “effective as of May 3, 2011.”

Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) issued the following press release statement:

“From fighting Yucca Mountain in southern Nevada to protecting Lake Tahoe in the north, I have appreciated John’s partnership in working with me to address our state’s needs. He was a strong advocate for Nevada, and worked for many years to improve our state. My relationship with the Ensign family began many years ago with his father, Mike, a pioneer who has been a force in Nevada gaming and tourism for decades. I know this is a difficult time for the family and I wish them all well as they work through it.”

Update (4/22): According to the AP, the “Senate Ethics Committee said scandal-scarred Nevada Republican Sen. John Ensign made the right decision to turn in a letter of resignation Friday, and indicated a nearly two-year probe of his conduct wasn’t over.”

The panel’s chairman, Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and the vice chairman, Johnny Isakson, R-Georgia, issued a terse statement saying the committee had spent 22 months investigating “and will complete its work in a timely fashion.”

The investigation was expected to end with Ensign’s resignation.

“Senator Ensign has made the appropriate decision,” the statement said.

Update (4/23): Political Wire summarizes some questions being raised as to the timing of this resignation.

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Virginia Senate: Donner to Join Republican Primary Field

According to the Richmond Times-Dispatch, another Republican is joining the Senate race in Virginia.

Timothy E. Donner, a Northern Virginia television production company owner, has filed for candidacy.

He joins former U.S. Sen. and Gov. George Allen, Richmond-area tea-party activist Jamie Radtke, Chesapeake minister Earl W. Jackson Sr. and Hampton Roads attorney David McCormick.

Donner, founder of Horizons Television Inc. and a member of the Virginia Institute for Public Policy, was described by a spokesman Tuesday as "very conservative" and "closely in line philosophically with the tea party."

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Corker for President?

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) “might run for president someday, but not in 2012,” the Tennessean reports.

“Do I think that I have a vision for our country that would be one the American people would support? Yes. Do I think I have the ability to lead and be an executive and to get good people that you could trust, but then also really drill down on the things that matter? Yes. Am I gifted with a lot of rhetorical flair? Not really. I talk the way I’m talking to you from the podium with 1,000 people out there. I probably have some assets and some deficiencies but right now my horizon is the next 60 days and trying to get this debt thing done.”

“Maybe someday,” Corker added on a presidential run. “But it’s just not on my plate.”

(h/t – Political Wire)

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DSCC Announces First Quarter Numbers

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee announced today “an $11.6 million first-quarter total,” Ballot Box reports. They raised $5.6 million of that total in March.

The DSCC reported $5.5 million cash on hand and $4.8 million in remaining debt.

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NRSC Announces First Quarter Numbers

The National Republican Senatorial Committee “raised more than $5 million in March, according to a source,” the Washington Post reports.

The committee raised $11.2 million for the quarter, has $1.5 million in cash and $2.75 million in debt — the lowest debt figure of the six major national party committees.

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Vermont Senate: Sanders Announces First Quarter Numbers

Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) “broke the $1 million fundraising mark last quarter with a surge of contributions between January and March, according to a report his campaign provided Tuesday,” the Burlington Free Press reports.

As of March 31, the Vermont independent had $1.05 million for his 2012 re-election bid, doubling his total from the end of last year, according to his Federal Election Commission report.

Sanders raised most of his money in the two most recent quarters. He raised $485,003 in the fourth quarter of 2010 and $770,296 during the first three months of this year. The money started flowing after Dec. 10, when he spoke on the Senate floor for more than eight hours against tax cuts for the wealthy.

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