Herrell wants to be New Mexico’s conservative voice in Congress

Herrell wants to be New Mexico’s conservative voice in Congress

Copyright © 2020 Albuquerque Journal Yvette Herrell Yvette Herrell says New Mexico needs a conservative voice at the table in Washington, D.C., after two years of an all-Democratic congressional delegation. She wants to be that voice. She faces Democratic incumbent Xochitl Torres Small and independent write-in candidate Steve Jones in a contest to represent the 2nd Congressional District, covering the southern half of New Mexico. Herrell said she looks forward to the rematch with Torres Small in a race that will be among the most watched in the country and is already featuring a barrage of television attack ads by outside groups. “We went through two years of impeachment trials, Russian collusion – these kinds of things cost taxpayers millions of dollars,” Herrell said. “I think the American people are growing weary of the political circus we see in Washington.” The 2018 race was decided by roughly 3,700 votes – under 2 percentage points – after the counting of absentee ballots helped turn the tide for Torres Small. But Herrell won the Republican primary earlier this year – after a bitter race with two other candidates – and is ready to take on Torres Small again. This time, President Donald Trump will be at the top of the Republican ticket, which could boost turnout on both sides. Gabriel Sanchez, a professor at the University of New Mexico and pollster for Latino Decisions, said Herrell could benefit as turnout in Republican-heavy counties climbs above 2018 levels. She has pitched herself […]

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