More and Better Udalls in the Senate Day

More and better Udalls in the Senate, indeed!

I'm sitting in the lobby of a hotel in San Francisco waiting to speak with Congressman Mark Udall, the presumptive Democratic nominee for Senate in Colorado, ahead of his grassroots fundraiser in the city later tonight. Earlier today, I had the opportunity to speak over the phone with Congressman Tom Udall, who acceded to a draft movement and officially launched his Senate campaign in the state of New Mexico.

In short, what a lot of us are looking for -- and the reason why we're celebrating today -- is that we'd like to see more and better Udalls in the United States Senate. Of course this is not an end in and of itself. The ultimate goal, naturally, is to elect more and better Democrats. Electing more and better Udalls is just one of the means of achieving this broader goal.

To give a bit of context, there is already one Udall in the Senate -- milquetoast moderate Gordon Smith of Oregon descends from the clan as well. But what we'd like to see is the election of cousins Mark in Colorado and Tom in New Mexico this fall, helping add to the list of solid progressives in the chamber and helping the Democrats get closer to the elusive 60-vote majority in the Senate (which is still quite possible, though not terribly likely).

So if you'd like to vicariously celebrate More and Better Udalls in the Senate day, head over to Act Blue to support Tom and Mark today.

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THURSDAY: Senate Candidate Tom Udall Extends Invitation to Netroots

Hey all,

Thank you for your continued support for the Draft Udall effort. Our hard work paid off! Udall is kicking off his Senate campaign in New Mexico on Thursday and is recognizing all of our efforts to turn New Mexico BLUE!

Please join us on the call!


Donate through the "Netroots for Udall" Page at ActBlue. Also check out Draft Udall for updates.


You, the Netroots played a critical role in Tom Udall's decision to run for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico.

Before Tom kicks-off his nine city, three day announcement tour tomorrow, he would like to invite you to join him by phone for a blogging session from the National Hispanic Cultural Center's Salon Ortega in Albuquerque at 10 A.M., MDT. As you well know, the stakes are high in 2008, but Tom Udall has the courage New Mexico and the nation can depend on from their next U.S. Senator.

The cultural center room is unfortunately not internet accessible, however, those who are based in New Mexico and would like to join Tom face-to-face for the session are welcome. Those who would like to join Tom by phone should call 877-719-9789. If asked, the confirmation code is 1473540. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or (505) 239-9394.

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NM-Sen: Tom Udall Leads Big in Both Primary and General

The early numbers out of the New Mexico Senate election, which Congressman Tom Udall officially joined last week after paying heed to the calls of countless progressive activists in New Mexico and around the country working to draft him into the race, look awfully good. From SurveyUSA:

Democratic Primary

Udall 62
Chavez 32

Republican Primary

Wilson 56
Pearce 37

General Election

Wilson 41
Udall 56

Wilson 47
Chavez 46

Pearce 40
Udall 54

Pearce 52
Chavez 42

There are a few interesting data points from the poll worth noting. Chavez has seemingly centered his campaign on the notion that because he is a self proclaimed "moderate" and Udall is allegedly "so far to the left", he would be a stronger candidate. Clearly the topline numbers don't bear out this argument, with Udall performing significantly better than Chavez in head-to-heads against Congressmen Wilson and Pearce. The internals of the poll undercut this argument as well. According to SurveyUSA's writeup, "With Udall on the ballot, Moderates break 2:1 Democrat. With Chavez on the ballot against Pearce, Moderates split. With Chavez on the ballet against Wilson, Moderates break 5:4 Democrat."

It has also been suggested from the Republican side of the aisle that Wilson would be a stronger candidate than Pearce given her perceived ability to pick up a sizable chunk of the women's vote. Not so, however. According to the pollster, "Udall gets 59% of the female vote against Pearce; Udall gets 61% of the female vote against Wilson."

All in all, great numbers for Congressman Udall. If you want to help out his effort, head over to or the newly updated Netroots for Tom Udall Act Blue page to get involved.

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Udall Officially Files for Senate in New Mexico

It's official -- Draft Udall was a success. From the Albuquerque Tribune (via New Mexico FBIHOP):

U.S. Rep. Tom Udall has made it official: He is running for the U.S. Senate.

The Santa Fe Democrat had hinted he would make the move, and on Friday he filed a statement of candidacy, a staff member said.

A campaign kickoff is planned in New Mexico after Thanksgiving, his office said. Udall is campaigning this weekend in Iowa on behalf of Gov. Bill Richardson's race for the Democratic presidential nomination.

When Sen. Pete Domenici, Albuquerque Republican, announced he would not seek re-election next year because of a degenerative brain condition, Udall initially said he was not interested, but he changed his mind after lobbying by Democrats in Washington and New Mexico.

If you want to help kickstart Udall's Senate campaign, head over to ActBlue to make a small but meaningful contribution to his campaign account. With polling consistently showing Udall holding a large double-digit lead over either of his potential Republican rivals, as well as a 20-point lead in the Democratic primary, Udall is well on his way to success. But a contribution today could help out greatly, as well, so get involved if you can.

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NM-Sen: Looks Like Udall Is In

Swing State Project brings us the good news, from local blogger Heath Haussamen:

U.S. Rep. Tom Udall, D-N.M., has decided that he will run for the Senate seat being vacated by Pete Domenici next year.

Udall has called a number of Democratic Party insiders this week, including at least some county party chairs, to inform them of his decision, reliable sources confirmed. A Udall spokesperson could not be reached for comment.

The sources didn't know when Udall plans to publicly announce his candidacy. Udall said at Saturday's meeting of the Democratic Party's state central committee that he would announce his decision within two weeks.

Great work from everyone involved with It would have been a shame if the guy who's both the best candidate and the one who runs best against the Republicans were to sit the race out. The big question is will those Democrats who've already declared for the seat clear the field for Udall or not.

Certainly, Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez appears to have no interest in dropping out, indeed, bizarrely he's even lashed out at Udall at the suggestion that he'd join the field. posted an interesting exchange from yesterday's Hotline that suggests the difference in styles between the two men and demonstrates why Chavez should do some re-considering of his own if he knows what's good for him.

A Santa Fe source: "What I think will probably happen is that polling will come out showing Udall way ahead. He's not reconsidering, he's in. The reason he's reconsidering -- Tom's unusual, he's kind and gentle -- and tenacious, too. He's trying to give Marty a face-saving way to get out, but if he doesn't I fully believe he's prepared to get in and crush him.

You sure you're not interested in that NM-01 congressional seat, Mayor?

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