Daughter of blue state’s last GOP senator breaks fundraising record amid ‘incredible outpouring’ of support

The daughter of former longterm New Mexico Republican Senator Pete Domenici has just shattered the GOP fundraising record for a Senate candidate in the state, hauling in over $1.25 million from mid-January through the end of March.

Nella Domenici announced her candidacy in January and is running against Democrat Sen. Martin Heinrich. She is creating a political earthquake in the blue state.

“Domenici, the daughter of former longtime Republican Sen. Pete Domenici, is the presumptive GOP nominee and is aiming to defeat Democrat Sen. Martin Heinrich, who is running in November for a third six-year term representing New Mexico in the Senate,” Fox News reported.

“The $1.25 million haul is being touted as the largest fundraising total of any Republican U.S. Senate candidate in New Mexico history for the first quarter of an election year,” the media outlet added.

Domenici’s campaign announced that she took in donations from more than 1,100 individuals.

“What an incredible outpouring of broad support in such a short amount of time – New Mexico is truly ready for a change,” Domenici proclaimed in a statement.

She also asserted that “for too long, New Mexico has been hurt by career politicians like Martin Heinrich who have put their extreme progressive ideology ahead of solving problems and the best interests of New Mexicans.”

“Henrich has yet to announce his first-quarter fundraising. He brought in nearly $4.5 million last year and ended 2023 with roughly $3.5 million cash-on-hand in his campaign coffers, according to filings with the Federal Election Commission,” Fox News noted.

Domenici’s father was beloved in the state and served for 36 years in the Senate. He retired at the beginning of 2009. Pete Domenici passed away in 2017.

Nella Domenici is benefitting from her father’s legacy. Residents claim that she is very much like her father… likable and approachable. Her name recognition is off the charts in New Mexico as well.

“And with decades of her own experience in the finance industry at Bridgewater Associates (where she served as chief financial officer), Credit Suisse and Citadel Investment group, Domenici comes with a broad fundraising network of her own. She said when announcing her bid that she would make an initial investment of a half million dollars,” Fox News wrote.

“Domenici also has the backing of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, the campaign arm of the Senate GOP, which encouraged her run,” the media outlet pointed out.

New Mexico has lurched to the left in recent election cycles. It is no longer thought of as a crucial swing state but that could change if Domenici is elected.

President Biden took the state by ten points in 2020. It has been 15 years since a Republican held a Senate seat there, but it appears that Domenici is poised to change that statistic.

Heinrich won re-election in 2018 by more than 30 points but the political landscape is shifting in a major way even in New Mexico.


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