December 07, 2007
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Chavez drops out of N.M. Senate race; Udall likely
Albuquerque Mayor Martin Chavez (D) announced he is
dropping out of the New Mexico Senate race Friday
night, allowing Democrats to avoid the likelihood of a
hotly contested and negative primary for the
His decision all but guarantees Rep. Tom Udall
(D-N.M.) will win the Democratic nomination for
retiring Sen. Pete Domenicis (R-N.M.) seat
While I deeply appreciate all the support I have
received, it has become very clear to me that
Democrats should not be divided in the upcoming
election, Chavez said in a statement.
It is crucial to the future of New Mexico and this
country that a Democrat become the next U.S. Senator.
A hotly contested primary, as this one certainly could
be, would likely dramatically weaken the Democratic
nominee and place the general election in jeopardy
that end, I pledge my full support for Tom Udall for
U.S. Senate, and I encourage all New Mexicans to
support Tom as well.
Until recently, Chavez had been aggressively attacking
Udall for his congressional record. He told Politico
last month that Udall was a congressman who is not
known for having done anything.
Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Chairman
Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) helped persuade Udall to change
his mind and jump in the race, concerned that Chavez
would have trouble winning a general election. Upon
Domenici's retirement, Udall initially said he wanted
to remain in the House.
Republicans are facing a competitive primary of their
own between Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.) and Steve