Sen. Tom Udall, D-N. M., shown here in the year 2018, announced that it will not choice. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, file)
Sen. Tom Udall, D-N. M., announced Monday that he is not up for re-election in 2020 – vacating a seat he holds since 2009 and ends a career in Washington, over several decades.
Udall, 70, a member of one of American West’s most prominent political families and is the cousin of former Democratic sen. Mark Udall from Colorado, said in a statement that he intends his last years is confronted in the Senate to combat the “three true crises” with which the country.
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“I see the next two years as an incredible opportunity,” Udall said. “Without the distraction of the other campaign, I get done so much more, to help reverse the damage to our planet, end the scourge of war, and to stop this President, the attack on our democracy and our communities.”
He added: “These are three real crises that are going on right now and threaten the foundations of our great nation. If we do nothing, it will soon be too late.”
Udall, won his first term in Congress in 2008 by more than 20 points, and in 2014, his re-election by more than 10 points.
It is unclear who is to fill the seat vacated Udall, but the race is a likely to be easy to pick up for the Democrats.
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The cook Political report puts the 2020 Senate race in New Mexico in the “solid” Democratic column, and the last year, sen., Martin Heinrich, D-N. M., be easily carried out, to win the state by more than 20 points, his second term in the Senate.
Currently not a member of the New Mexico congressional delegation is a Republican.