Secretary of state quits 2020 Democratic bid for US Senate

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FILE – In Nov. 2, 2018 file photo, New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver attends a rally for Democratic political candidates at an arts and entertainment center in Santa Fe, N.M. Oliver is reading aloud special counsel Robert Mueller’s report on Russian interference in the 2016 election to highlight her support for immediate impeachment proceedings against President Trump. Oliver on Monday, July 22, 2019, read the report from her home kitchen table for a social media broadcast, in anticipation of Mueller’s scheduled testimony this week before Congress. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – New Mexico’s secretary of state says she won’t pursue the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate, clearing a path for Rep. Ben Ray Luján as the party’s candidate in 2020.

Maggie Toulouse Oliver on Tuesday announced in an email the end of her campaign and endorsed Luján’s campaign to succeed retiring two-term Sen. Tom Udall.

Luján is the No. 4 Democrat in House leadership and has served six terms representing northern New Mexico. Two candidates who lost statewide election bids in 2018 are vying for the Republican nomination.

Toulouse Oliver cut a progressive profile in her short-lived Senate campaign. The former county clerk called for impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump and rejected campaign cash from corporate PACs. Those positions later became part of Luján’s platform.

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