Both parties in New Mexico's Senate contest are promoting their respective fundraising totals.

New Mexico's Santa Fe — New Mexico's U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich and his lone Republican opponent, Nella Domenici, have both reported strong fundraising starts to their campaigns, as of Friday.  

The campaign for Domenici reported receiving over $1.25 million from the beginning of the year until the end of March. The campaign verified in an email that at least 1,100 individuals had contributed to the cause, with the Republican businesswoman-turned-candidate herself contributing $500,000 of it.  

According to Heinrich's campaign, the senator's fundraising totaled over $1.5 million from over 7,600 contributors within that time frame. As 2023 came to a close, Heinrich's campaign had approximately $3.5 million in the bank. The Federal Election Commission has not yet made public Friday any detailed filings.  

Domenici has demanded fresh strategies for public education, natural resource development, and border enforcement since she declared her campaign in January. Her father, Pete V. Domenici, was a former U.S. senator.  

Despite Democrats holding every statewide office and every congressional seat in New Mexico, Republicans are hoping to reclaim some political ground this year. Nearly 100,000 New Mexicans voted for President Joe Biden, giving him an 11-point victory.  

In a 2018 reelection contest that included Republican Mick Rich and Libertarian nominee and ex-New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, Heinrich received approximately 54% of the vote.  

Before New Mexico's June 4 primary, former Bernalillo County sheriff Manny Gonzales III sought the Republican nomination for senator, but he was unable to gather enough signatures to be eligible.  

With more seats up for grabs than Republicans in November, the Democratic control in the Senate is precarious at 51 to 49.  

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