Ben Ray Luján to run for New Mexico Senate seat

 
Luján, the No. 4 Democrat in House leadership, becomes an instant front-runner for the seat. He built a national donor base as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, where he helped his party reclaim control of the House in the 2018 midterm elections.
 
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His early announcement may help keep some candidates out of the race — state Attorney General Hector Balderas (D) has already said he will not run.
 
But others are eyeing the race, too, including Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver (D) and Rep. Deb HaalandDebra HaalandOvernight Energy: Trump tweets he's revoking California's tailpipe waiver | Move comes as Trump visits state | California prepares for court fight | Climate activist Greta Thunberg urges lawmakers to listen to scientists Coalition of farmers and ranchers endorses Green New Deal Lawmakers beat reporters in annual spelling bee competition MORE (D), who said last week she is still thinking about running. A senior New Mexico Democrat said Oliver was openly speculating about a bid late last week, just after Udall said he would not seek a third term.