Dem congressman raises $652,000 in NM Senate bid

Associated Press Modified: October 14, 2011 at 6:15 pm •  Published: October 14, 2011

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Martin Heinrich led the field in fundraising this summer in the race for New Mexico's open U.S. Senate seat, collecting nearly $652,000 in contributions.

Heinrich, who is in his second term representing the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District, had a cash balance of $1.1 million in his campaign account at the end of last month, according to a fundraising disclosure released by his campaign.

Heinrich raised more than twice as much as Democratic State Auditor Hector Balderas, who received $251,681 in contributions. Heinrich got $651,830 from July through September.

On the Republican side, former U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson raised more money than Lt. Gov. John Sanchez. Wilson pulled in $532,228 during the last quarter while Sanchez netted $161,160 in contributions, according to campaign finance summaries released by the candidates.

Wilson had cash-on-hand of $952,898 and Sanchez had a balance of nearly $248,899. Balderas had $465,523 in his campaign account.

Republican Greg Sowards of Las Cruces had not yet released a fundraising summary as of Friday.

The Senate seat is open next year because Democratic incumbent Jeff Bingaman is retiring when his fifth term expires.

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