I'm back at work and ready to dive into New Mexico politics.
I was just looking at the U.S. Senate race campaign finance figures.
But both Democrats were outpaced by likely Republican Senate nominee Heather Wilson, who last week reported raising nearly $760,000 in the first quarter of this year.
Heinrich in the first quarter, raised more than $490,000 and had more than $1.55 million cash-on-hand at the end of last month, his campaign said last week.
Balderas’ campaign manager Caroline Buerkle said that Balderas raised more than $100,000 of his total following the pre-primary convention in early March. At that convention, Heinrich, a Congressman from Albuquerque, won the support of about 54 percent of Democratic Party leaders while Balderas got about 45 percent of the vote.
Her only GOP primary opponent is dark horse Greg Sowards, a Las Cruces businessman who, according to the Associated Press, reported $100,000 of which was a loan from Sowards himself. Nearly all of Sowards' campaign funds come from the $1.1 Million he has loaned himself. since last year. Sowards had almost $706,000 cash on hand at the end of May.
Lt. Gov. John Sanchez had been running for the Senate seat. However, under-funded and trailing in polls, Sanchez dropped out in February and endorsed Wilson.
UPDATE 8:29 p.m. My earlier version did not have new figures for Sowards. A corrected version used information from The Associated Press for Sowards' numbers.