The Latest: Progressive group backs candidate in Senate race

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the race for an open U.S. Senate seat in New Mexico (all times local):

11:30 a.m.

An advocacy group for progressive policies and candidates known as the Working Families Party is endorsing New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver in the Democratic primary race for an open U.S. Senate seat.

Working Families executive committee member Andrea Serrano said Monday the endorsement is based in part on Toulouse Oliver's aggressive stances in favor of impeachment proceedings against President Trump and dismantling Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Environmental and health care policy also weighed in the choice.

The group operates a political committee in New Mexico and acts as a political party in some other states.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján is vying against Toulouse Oliver for the Democratic nomination to replace Sen. Tom Udall as he retires next year.

Prominent backers of Luján's campaign include Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the gun safety organization led by former congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.


1 a.m.

Federal records show Republican construction contractor Mick Rich is planning on making a second run for the U.S. Senate in New Mexico.

The Mick Rich 2020 campaign committee filed paperwork August 1 with the Federal Election Commission, opening the door for the Albuquerque resident to seek the GOP nomination.

The 65-year-old will face former Trump administration official Gavin Clarkson in the Republican primary.

U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan and New Mexico Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver are competing in the Democratic primary.

All are seeking to replace Democratic U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, who is retiring.

Rich lost to Democratic U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich in the general election last year.