The fight is on once again for southern New Mexico’s 2nd District, a decade after the seat was last open.
The majority Hispanic border district, which President Trump won by 10 points, helped expand the Democratic House majority in 2008 when GOP Rep. Steve Pearce ran for the Senate and was part of the 2010 Republican wave when Pearce won it back. It’s a battleground yet again with Pearce running for governor.
More than $3 million has poured into the race, as both party committees and their supportive outside groups are currently on the air. An internal poll conducted at the beginning of October for Republican state Rep. Yvette Herrell’s campaign found her leading Democratic water attorney Xochitl Torres Small by 4 points.
Congressional Leadership Fund is tying Torres Small to House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi and accusing her of supporting regulations that would hinder the state’s energy industry, while the NRCC is hitting her on health care in ads targeted toward families and seniors.
-- Kyle Trygstad