Wilson announced last week that she will be running for the Senate seat vacated by retiring Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M.).
The Albuquerque-based district is one of the most competitive in the nation. John Kerry narrowly carried it with 51 percent of the vote in 2004, and Al Gore won a 48 percent plurality there. Wilson never won more than 55 percent of the vote since first elected in 1998.
White has been re-elected twice in a Democratic-leaning county, and has solid name recognition from his frequent appearances on the local television news. He is meeting with the National Republican Congressional Committee’s political staff today.
“As a sheriff and as a dedicated public servant, Darren brings the kind of experience and commitment that voters are longing for in a candidate,” said NRCC spokesman Ken Spain.
On the Democratic side, Albuquerque city councilor Martin Heinrich has been running for the last five months and has raised $180,000 in the last quarter. Former state Health Department Secretary Michelle Lujan Grisham (D), former state Attorney General Patricia Madrid and state Rep. Al Park (D) are also mulling campaigns.