Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) will retire from the Senate, a Democratic source with knowledge of Bingaman’s plans confirmed Friday.
Bingaman is the fourth senator to caucus with the Democrats to announce his retirement this election cycle. The others are Kent Conrad (D-N.D.), Jim Webb (D-Va.) and Joe Lieberman (I-Conn.).
The fields for each side remain uncertain.
Reps. Martin Heinrich and Ben Ray Lujan will almost certainly be mentioned on the Democratic side as might that of former Lt. Gov. Diane Denish. A consultant close to Denish told the Fix that “Diane is going to give this opportunity strong consideration as she decides how to best continue to serve the people of New Mexico.”
Former Rep. Heather Wilson has been mentioned as a possible Republican candidate even before the Bingaman retirement and seems likely to make the race. Sources close to Rep. Steve Pearce say he is looking seriously at running.