Two weeks ahead of November’s midterm election and with both Republican control of the U.S. House of Representatives and New Mexico’s governorship hanging in the balance, Vice President Mike Pence will be in Roswell Friday for a get-out-the-vote rally.
A flyer posted on the official campaign Twitter account of Republican candidate for New Mexico governor Steve Pearce states that Pence is scheduled to appear at the Roswell International Air Center Friday.
The “Rally New Mexico Red” event will take place at the Stewart Industries Hanger Friday. The gates will open to attendees at 1 p.m. and the rally itself is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Admission to the rally is free, but people must have tickets and adults are required to have a photo ID to enter.
People can get tickets at: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rally-new-mexico-red-registration-51654369610.
Pearce and U.S. House candidate Yvette Herrell will also be featured guests at the rally.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mick Rich, however, will not be in Roswell for Pence’s visit.
Rich, an Albuquerque contractor, is locked in a three-way race with freshman Democratic Sen. Martin Heinrich and former Gov. Gary Johnson, a Libertarian.
Cat Nagle, Chaves County Chair for Rich’s campaign, said Monday while Rich is excited Pence is coming to Roswell, he will be in Albuquerque Friday night, where he is scheduled to take part in a televised debate with Johnson and Heinrich.
Pence’s visit comes as he and President Donald Trump have amped up their efforts to campaign for Republicans across the country locked in tough U.S. House, Senate and gubernatorial races.
Trump Tuesday night appeared in Houston at a campaign for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Cruz is working to avoid an upset loss against Democratic Congressman Beto O’Rourke.
New Mexico has its share of closely-watched contests, with all of the state’s top offices on the ballot.
Numbers from the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office show Pearce — a longtime representative in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, which includes Roswell — is locked in a tough race for governor against Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham.
Polls in August and September showed Lujan Grisham with a two- to seven-point edge in a race that has grown increasingly negative. In recent weeks both candidates have attacked each other in campaign ads and last Tuesday in a televised debate.
In the battle to succeed Pearce in the New Mexico 2nd Congressional District, Republican State Rep. Herrell, from Alamogordo, is looking to fend off a challenge from Xochitl Torres Small, an attorney from Las Cruces.
The latest fundraising numbers filed with the Federal Election Commission last week by both candidates showed Torres Small outraised Harrell $1.9 million to $564,000 in the latest campaign fundraising quarter.
A New York Times Poll in September showed Torres Small with a narrow 46 to 45 percent lead over Harrell in the usually strongly Republican New Mexico 2nd Congressional District. The result, however, was well within the poll’s 4.9 percent margin of error.
Another poll taken for the Albuquerque Journal in early September found Herrell winning the race 48 to 41.
New Mexico Republicans though said they will do better than expected and accused Democrats of taking New Mexico for granted.
“Now, just two weeks before election day, Republicans are going all in to deliver a win in the governor’s race, in the 2nd District, and down the ballot. Democrats believed their own spin about these races being over and now they have been caught flat-footed,” Ryan Cangiolosi, Republican Party of New Mexico chairman, said in a press release Monday.
A spokesperson for the Democratic Party of New Mexico did not return a call for comment about the visit before deadline Monday night.
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