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Lt. Gov. Sanchez To Run for Senate

By Sean Olson
Of the Journal
          Republican Lt. Gov. John Sanchez will announce his candidacy for the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate today through a television commercial.
        Sanchez, who took office in January as part of Gov. Susana Martinez's winning ticket in the 2010 elections, has registered as a Senate candidate with the Federal Election Commission.
        He will face former Rep. Heather Wilson, R-N.M., in the Republican primary. No other Republicans have announced their intention to run for Senate.
        Three Democrats — Rep. Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., State Auditor Hector Balderas and Albuquerque activist Andres Valdez — are seeking their party's nomination for the seat.
        The Senate seat that will be up for election in 2012 is being left vacant by Sen. Jeff Bingaman, D-N.M., who is retiring at the end of his term.
        Sanchez ran for governor in 2002, losing to Bill Richardson. He entered politics in 2000 when he defeated then-New Mexico House Speaker Raymond Sanchez, D-Albuquerque, and spent one term as a state lawmaker.
        Sanchez has raised at least $5,000, the requirement to be allowed to register as a candidate with the FEC, but his fundraising totals will not have to be disclosed until July.
        NEVER MIND: Republican Senate candidate Heather Wilson seemed to have pulled a coup Friday, when her campaign sent out a statement that included news of an endorsement from Belen Mayor Rudy Jaramillo, a Democrat.
        Problem was, the endorsement was news to Jaramillo.
        "I haven't endorsed anybody. I have made no endorsement of Heather Wilson," Jaramillo said Monday. "I don't even know where that came from at all."
        Jaramillo said he never received a call from Wilson's campaign and was never asked if he would endorse the former U.S. representative.
        After a Journal inquiry about the endorsement, Wilson provided this statement:
        "There was apparently a miscommunication with Mayor Rudy Jaramillo of Belen. We are removing his name from our list of endorsers," Wilson said.
        Aside from the statement, officials with Wilson's campaign had no further comment Monday.

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