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Ben Luján

Congressman Ben Ray Luján (D-NM) officially launched his campaign for the open New Mexico Senate seat in 2020, just one week after Democratic incumbent Sen. Tom Udall announced his retirement.

Luján, a six-term Congressman from Santa Fe, currently serves as the assistant speaker fourth-ranked House Democrat. He was viewed as a potential candidate for the Speaker of the House after Nancy Pelosi‘s tenure, but now is widely seen as the front-runner for the Senate race. Luján led the democratic party’s effort to reclaim the House in the 2018 midterms as chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, a point he references in the announcement video.

Democrats are expected to hold the seat in the increasingly liberal state as the GOP has alienated the state’s large Hispanic community.

Kelly Mason

Kelly Mason

Content Manager, Congressional