Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dems targeting NM’s 2nd Congressional District

National Democrats announced Monday they will target New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District in the 2018 elections. The move comes as part of an expansion of 20 more Republican-held House seats targeted by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee. Already, Democrats announced 59 other seats are in their electoral crosshairs. With this second round of targets, Democrats are targeting nearly one-third of all seats currently held by Republicans. (Four seats are currently vacant.) The newest list of Democratic targets includes the seat currently held by Republican Steve Pearce. Pearce, who is considering leaving Congress to run for governor, has held the seat for all but one term since being elected in 2002. In 2008, Pearce left the House to run for U.S. Senate. During that gap, Democrat Harry Teague won during a wave election for Democrats due to, in large part, the unpopularity of President George W. Bush. Teague is the only Democrat to ever win election in the district...more

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