Udall files for U.S. Senate

Albuquerque, NM – New Mexico Democratic Congressman Tom Udall today filed approximately 14,500 nominating petition signatures with the Secretary of State, solidifying his candidacy for the U.S. Senate.

Udall, who needs 2,162 valid signatures on nominating petitions from registered Democrats to qualify for the March 15 Pre-primary nominating convention, submitted almost seven times the total needed, including signatures from each of New Mexico’s 33 counties.

“I’m very grateful for the tremendous outpouring of support from so many committed Democrats throughout New Mexico,” Udall said. “Together, we have built a strong foundation with voters from each of New Mexico’s 33 counties who are determined to win this seat in November.”

Just last month, Tom Udall announced he had raised over $1 million in the final quarter of 2007 — more than both his Republican opponents combined. Just as with the strong fundraising figures, the number of petition signatures gathered is impressive because Udall did not kick-off his campaign until after Thanksgiving.

Tom Udall has a strong record of getting things done for New Mexico, both as a two-term Attorney General and five-term Representative from New Mexico’s Third Congressional District. As Attorney General, Tom Udall fought domestic violence, helped reduce drunk driving, and protected New Mexico consumers. In the House, Tom Udall has always put New Mexico first, ensuring our brave veterans have the benefits they deserve, and expanding economic opportunity for our small businesses. His common-sense solutions to expand health care, improve education, and achieve energy independence are what New Mexicans are looking for in their next U.S. Senator.