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November 29, 2007
This morning I formally bring to an end my candidacy for the US Senate seat in New Mexico.
I also enthusiastically endorse Congressman Tom Udall as our next US Senator.
I entered the race on March 1st. I decided to run for two reasons.
First, I wanted to publicize the voting record of Pete Domenici. It's my opinion that Pete Domenici has not received proper scrutiny from the New Mexico media. While he has been effective in securing federal funds for our state, he has also voted consistently against the interests of middle class and working American families.
Second, I wanted to layout a sensible, progressive agenda for change. My platform focused on four critical areas that we need to address: Protect Social Security, End the War in Iraq, Slow global warming, Provide health care for all.
Over the last nine months, I have run the only outreach political campaign in the state. I ran 27 different newspaper ads, in the largest newspapers in Albuquerque, Santa Fe and Las Cruces. My campaign had a far reaching influence. By the time Pete Domenici decided to retire, his approval rating had dropped to 41%.
With the announcement today by Tom Udall that he is entering the race, I am withdrawing and endorsing Tom Udall. Tom Udall has proven to be a strong fighter for the issues that matter most to working people. He will join US Senator Jeff Bingaman in providing New Mexico the type of representation that we need.
Paid for by Jim Hannan for US Senate