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Dems hold fundraising lead in congressional races

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Democratic candidates in New Mexico’s U.S. Senate and House District 2 races have a significant edge over their Republican opponents, according to the latest reports filed by the campaigns with the Federal Election Commission (FEC).

July 15 was the deadline for the committees of congressional campaigns to submit their July Quarterly reports that document their fundraising and spending from May 17 to June 30. The reports are the first filed since New Mexico held its June 5 primary elections.

Incumbent New Mexico Sen. Martin Heinrich, a Democrat up for re-election this November, added $325,014.60 in the latest fundraising quarter, according to the report filed by his campaign.

Republican Mick Rich, the Albuquerque contractor looking to unseat Heinrich in November’s general election, brought in $109,194.41, according to a report filed by the Rich campaign.

Heinrich’s campaign spent $416,948.10, while Rich’s campaign spent $76,655.67. Heinrich ends the latest fundraising quarter with $3.9 million cash on hand, and Rich’s campaign with $198,199.41, according to the reports.

Heinrich’s fundraising haul consisted of $160,764.60 from individual contributors. Political action committees, or PACs contributed another $164,250, reports say. Individual contributions accounted for $103,645.41of Rich’s fundraising.

According to the report, Rich also donated $5,549.41 to his campaign in the most recent fundraising quarter, but did not receive any money from PACs.

The Democratic candidate also holds an edge in fundraising in New Mexico’s 2nd U.S. House District which encompasses Chaves County and most of the southern part of the state. The district is now represented by Rep. Steve Pearce, a Republican, who opted not to seek re-election to instead run for governor.

Democrat Xochitl Torres-Small raised $400,761.87, compared with $120,315.06 for Republican candidate state Rep. Yvette Herrell of Alamogordo, according to the reports.

According to the reports, Individual contributions accounted for $307,326.48 of Torres-Small’s fundraising total and $91,467.40 for Herrell’s campaign. Torres Small, an attorney from Las Cruces and a former field representative to Sen. Tom Udall, D-NM, also raised $93,525.39 from PACs, while Herrell received $28,647.66.

Herrell’s campaign also received $200 in donations from political party committees.

The reports lists that Torres-Small’s campaign outspent Herrell’s $92,696.75 to $57,889.73.

At the end of the campaign fundraising quarter, the campaigns of Torres Small and Herrell had left on-hand $495,980.35 and $100,294 respectively, according to the reports.

Republicans though hold the fundraising advantage in the race for governor. According to reports filed with the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office, Pearce, who was unopposed in the Republican primary enters the general election season with $1.9 million in his campaign account, while Democratic candidate and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham has $873,374.50.

Pearce was unopposed in his bid for his party’s nomination Grisham defeated fellow Democrats Jeff Apodaca and Joseph Cervantes in the primaries.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.