Former Republican Rep. Heather Wilson faces an uphill climb in her battle against Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich for New Mexico’s open Senate seat in November.
The opening was created by the retirement of five-term Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman.
Real Clear Politics, The Cook Political Report, and the Rothenberg Political Report all rate the race as leaning toward Heinrich.
The last four polls compiled by Real Clear show Heinrich with a lead of 8 percentage points. The most recent of those polls, conducted Sep. 7-9 by Public Policy Polling, puts Heinrich’s lead at 9 points.
The Democrat, who has served in Congress since 2009, has liberal views on most issues. But he is a strong supporter of gun rights and earned the National Rifle Association’s endorsement in 2010.
Wilson was the first female military veteran elected to a full term in Congress. She was elected in 1998 and left the House in an unsuccessful bid for the Senate in 2008, losing in the GOP primary to Rep. Steve Pearce.
Endorsers of Wilson include former New Mexico GOP Sen. Pete Domenici and Ari Fleischer, former press secretary for President George W. Bush. Heinrich counts former New Mexico Attorney General Patricia Madrid and Santa Fe Mayor David Cross among his endorsers.
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