Second-term NM1 Congressman Martin Heinrich and New Mexico native Hector Balderas both jumped into the ring as Dems seeking to replace Senator Bingaman.
I don't pretend to understand NM Dem politics, or the rather arcane and confusing hurdles confronting the candidates... BUT - today there was a "Democratic pre-Primary Convention."
I've received emails from both Heinrich and Balderas:
[Heinrich] We won!Full disclosure: I support Heinrich.
I wanted you to be the first to know that it was just announced that we won the Democratic Pre-Primary Convention thanks to our strong grassroots support!
I wanted you to hear it from me first-- we had a phenomenal showing tonight at the New Mexico State Democratic convention.
We defied everyone’s expectations-- winning 45% of the delegate totals, despite being significantly outraised and outspent, providing a huge “boost to [our] underdog campaign,” as NM Telegraph put it. We far surpassed the twenty percent threshold needed to secure a spot on the June primary ballot—and we did it with a mostly volunteer, grassroots organization.