Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Udall brothers looking good in Senate campaigns

Congressmen Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and Mark Udall (D-Colo.) are both looking to add to the family legacy by moving up from the House to the Senate. In New Mexico, Tom, who is unopposed in the June 4 primarily election, has raised more money than both GOP candidates combined. The state’s two GOP Members of Congress, Albuquerque’s Heather Wilson and Steve Pearce, have about $2 million combined cash on hand, to Udall’s $2.6 million.

Wilson narrowly won re-election to her House seat in 2006 and likely would have lost this time around. This should be a Democratic pickup, as should the Senate seat, killing two GOP birds with one stone.

In Colorado, Mark has raised$1.46 million this year to GOP opponent Bob Schaffer’s $1 mil. Overall, Udall has a $4.2-$2.2 mil edge on cash on Schaffer. And, with Schaffer already entering gaffe-land and having connections to Smilin’ Jack Abramoff, this should be a Democratic win, too.