I couldn't get on that 6:30am plane today without throwing in my two bits on Domenici's retirement. Well, I have thought this would happen all along, but I felt he wouldn't do it until after the Primary election. Then the republican central committee would have appointed Heather Wilson to run against the Democrat.
Also, this will cause some movement in other races if Wilson, Representative Steve Pearce, or Tom Udall run for that Senate seat. I imagine that some timid souls will now run against Martin Heinrich in the Democratic Primary since Wilson will most likely run for Pete's seat. I think Martin has this nomination sewed up though and they shouldn't waste their time and money.
There will be a lot of head scratching going on for a few weeks. This all happens as the period begins for gathering petition signatures to be allowed to participate in the Primary nominating conventions next March. Don't forget that the Legislature did away with allowing candidates to gather extra signatures if they don't get 20% of the delegate vote, so if someone is interested they better be able to out those party loyalists who attend conventions to vote for them.
One thing is for sure, there is no reason for a Democrat to lose to a republican in this race.