Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry is to appear at a fundraiser in Santa Fe next week for New Mexico Democratic Senate candidate Martin Heinrich.
Heinrich's campaign says Kerry is the featured guest at an Oct. 24 fundraiser at a restaurant near the state Capitol. Kerry is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Kerry was the 2004 Democratic presidential nominee and lost to then President George W. Bush, who carried New Mexico by less than 1 percentage point.
A poll conducted for the Albuquerque Journal last week showed Heinrich leading Republican Heather Wilson in the Senate race. Independent American Party candidate Jon Barrie also is running along with write-in candidate Bob Anderson.
There's no incumbent in the race because Democrat Jeff Bingaman is retiring from the Senate after 30 years.
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