Since we announced our Blue America Senate contest last Saturday, we’ve had almost 1,700 donors voting for our 5 Senate candidates, Rick Noriega (D-TX), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Andrew Rice (D-OK), Tom Allen (D-ME) and Mark Begich (D-AK), and we’ve raised over $45,000. If you haven’t voted yet, please do; you’ve got ’til noon, PT. And we’ll announce a winner at 1 pm. Since Rick Noriega is way out ahead, here’s a clip of him making a campaign pitch that will give you an idea about why he’s so admired and respected in Texas and why he’ll make such an extraordinary U.S. Senator.