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Ex-lawmaker to run for Senate

SANTA FE | Former Republican U.S. Rep. Heather Wilson will enter the race for New Mexico’s U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democrat Jeff Bingaman.

Two sources close to Mrs. Wilson confirmed to the Associated Press that she will announce her candidacy on Monday. The sources spoke on the condition of anonymity Friday to avoid upstaging her formal announcement.

Mrs. Wilson will become the most prominent Republican in the Senate race. Conservative businessmen Greg Sowards of Las Cruces and Bill English of Alamogordo announced for the GOP nomination late last year.

The 50-year-old Mrs. Wilson represented the Albuquerque-area 1st Congressional District for five terms. She gave up the seat in 2008 to make an unsuccessful run for the GOP Senate nomination after Sen. Pete Domenici announced his retirement.

Mr. Bingaman said last month he will not seek re-election in 2012.

NEVADA

Report: Campaign skirted cash limits

CARSON CITY | Nevada’s secretary of state says his office is looking into whether former Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rory Reid formed numerous political action committees that were used to funnel $750,000 into his campaign and skirt contribution limits.

The Las Vegas Sun reported Friday that Mr. Reid’s campaign formed 91 shell PACs that were used to funnel $750,000 into his campaign and skirt contribution limits. Mr. Reid, the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, told the newspaper that the maneuvers were disclosed and in compliance with the law.

Secretary of State Ross Miller said Friday his office will carefully review the allegations and, if necessary, will consult with the state’s Election Integrity Task Force and the state Attorney General’s Office.

Mr. Reid lost the November election to Republican Brian Sandoval.

UTAH

Legislature passes immigration reform bill

SALT LAKE CITY | Utah lawmakers have approved an immigration package that includes an enforcement law reminiscent of Arizona’s but tempered with a guest-worker program for illegal immigrants.

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