New Mexico’s Sen. Bingaman will retire
The Washington Post reported that Sen. Jeff Bingaman will announce his retirement today. Earlier this month, Public Policy Polling found the New Mexico Democrat to be a “near lock” for re-election, with an approval rating of 56 percent.
The Post’s Chris Cillizza cites an unnamed “source close to the decision,” adding that Bingaman has been pondering for months whether to run for a sixth term. After the November election, the New Mexico Independent reported that he said he was then “weighing retirment.” Bingaman has served in the Senate since 1983.
Cillizza writes that the likely decision is part of a Democratic strategy to get incumbents to declare their intentions about running early.
Reps. Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Luján as well as former Lt. Gov. Diane Denish are sure to be mentioned as Democrats who could vie to replace Bingaman.