Two months after her defeat, Republican Yvette Herrell will seek a rematch against Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small in 2020.
Herrell declared her entry into the race to represent New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District in a press release Tuesday, a day after she opted not to challenge her November loss to Torres Small, who was sworn in last week as a new member of Congress.
A former state representative from Alamogordo, Herrell lost to Torres Small — a water right’s attorney from Las Cruces and former field representative to New Mexico Sen. Tom Udall — by 3,722 votes, or 51 to 49 percent. Herrell did, however, carry Chaves County, 63 to 33 percent, according to results on the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website.
Despite her loss, Herrell said in an email Tuesday that she has been getting encouragement from New Mexico Republicans to take on Small again in 2020.
“All day long, we’ve been receiving calls, texts and emails with folks pledging support and expressing tremendous excitement for this race,” Herrell stated in the email. She added that she entered the race to try and unite Republicans early on.
Herrell said in an email Tuesday that her loss was due to a tough political climate for Republicans in 2018 — one that will be better for the party in 2020 — and that she would strive to contrast her positions with those of Torres Small.
Herrell — who campaigned as a steadfast supporter of President Donald Trump — in her announcement, slammed Torres Small’s early votes in Congress, highlighting her vote to elect Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House and bills that would end the partial government shutdown but without providing money to construct a wall along the southern border that Trump has demanded.
“Torres Small’s very first votes — for Nancy Pelosi and against protecting our country with common sense border security — proved that her campaign promise to “work with anyone” was just a cynical attempt to pull the wool over the eyes of the voters,” Herrell said in the release.
Editor’s note: This story has been edited to remove a quote that was incorrectly attributed.
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