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Democrat Toulouse Oliver eyes US Senate run in New Mexico

The Associated Press
April 11, 2019 01:45 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver is expected to jump in the 2020 race for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Toulouse Oliver campaign adviser Heather Brewer said Thursday the Democrat is actively talking to residents and will make an announcement later this month about her plans.

Her potential entrance into the race could set up a contentious Democratic primary since U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has already said he's running for the Senate seat.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced in March he was retiring.

Toulouse Oliver first was elected to Secretary of State in 2015 after a special election. She easily won re-election in 2018. She'd be the state's first female U.S. Senator.

Lujan was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2014 but has not run for statewide office.

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