By Joel Williams
Santa Fe, New Mexico: Democrats in New Mexico are celebrating the retention of the U.S. Senate seat in this year's election. The seat, held by 30-year incumbent Jeff Bingaman, was left up in the air after Bingaman decided against running again in 2012. Martin Heinrich, a two-term member of the U.S. House of Representatives, won election over Heather Wilson, a former Air Force officer and Congresswoman, and Jon Ross Barrie, an independent candidate. Although Heinrich polled ahead of Wilson by double digits according to most polling agencies, he won by less than six points in the general election. Although ultimately not affecting the majority either way, a Republican victory in this seat could've given them more hope of breaking the Democratic majority in the Senate.