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August 11, 2008

Domenici endorses Pearce, finally

It’s better late than never.

Retiring Sen. Pete Domenici (R-N.M) has finally endorsed Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.) – nearly two months after Pearce won the GOP nomination.

Pearce, who is looking to succeed Domenici, put out a statement this afternoon touting the endorsement from the veteran New Mexico lawmaker.  In it, he calls Domenici one of the  “hardest-working, most intelligent and intense members" in the Senate.

In the primary, Domenici supported Pearce’s opponent, Rep. Heather Wilson (R-N.M.), who many Republicans viewed as a more electable candidate against Democratic Rep. Tom Udall (D-N.M.). Since winning the nomination, Pearce has been trailing Udall by double-digits in public polling.

Pearce’s full statement is below the jump:

It is my honor and privilege to announce that U.S. Senator Pete Domenici will be endorsing my candidacy for his seat after a long and distinguished career.

For more than three and a half decades Senator Domenici has served the people of New Mexico through projects both large and small. Through his hard work he kept Kirtland Air Force Base from closing, the national laboratories funded and helped to attract many high-tech companies to the state.

The New York Times once described him as one of the Senates hardest working, most intelligent and most intense members, accurately portraying the man who only wanted to do what was right for New Mexico and for our nation.

When he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 1972 he became the first Republican to do so in 38 years, and I will be proud to continue his legacy. Please join me on Thursday, August 14th at the New Mexico Victory Headquarters in Albuquerque for this historic occasion for our state.