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More New Mexico Democrats endorse Senate bid by congressman

November 5, 2019
File - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., arrives at the Capitol in Washington. 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, Oct. 29, 2019, announced in an email the end of her campaign and endorsed Luján's campaign to succeed retiring two-term Sen. Tom Udall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
File - In this Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-N.M., arrives at the Capitol in Washington. 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, Oct. 29, 2019, announced in an email the end of her campaign and endorsed Luján's campaign to succeed retiring two-term Sen. Tom Udall. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján says his Senate election bid in 2020 has the support of New Mexico’s two current senators.

In a statement Monday, Luján announced endorsements of his campaign by retiring Sen. Tom Udall and second-term Sen. Martin Heinrich.

Leading Democrats are falling in line behind Luján as the only Democratic contender to replace Udall after Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver dropped out of the race last week.

Republican contractor Mick Rich and college professor Gavin Clarkson are pursuing the GOP nomination for Senate. They both lost statewide elections in 2018.

Luján represents northern New Mexico and currently holds the No. 4 leadership position among House Democrats. A crowded field of candidates are vying for his seat in Congress.