On Election Day, Three Udall Cousins Could Win Senate Seats

With two Democrats and a Republican, a political dynasty emerges from Colorado, New Mexico, and Oregon.

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None of the rivals—neither Pearce nor Schaffer nor Merkley—professes worry about the Udall name, history, or fundraising prowess. Schaffer puts it this way: "I'm just running against Mark." In New Mexico, Pearce observes that even the state's Democrats "don't go along with the idea that people have an inherited position." And in Oregon, Merkley says he welcomes the cousins, if only two of them. "The only Udall cousins we want to see in the Senate," he says, "are actually named Udall."