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Torres Small, Lujan lead in campaign fundraising

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U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-NM, speaks with an attendee outside Pearson Auditorium after NMMI’s high school graduation ceremony in May. Torres Small and U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, D-NM, are leading their opponents in campaign fundraising.  (Alex Ross File Photo)

U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-NM in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District and Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Ben Ray Lujan are way ahead of their primary and General Election opponents in their respective races.

Numbers from the July quarterly reports filed with the Federal Election Commission and released Tuesday covered the fundraising period from April 1 to June 30.

Torres Small — whose 2nd Congressional District includes Roswell and stretches from southern Bernallio county down to the U.S. Southern border — raised a total of $570,000 during the fundraising period.

The contributions consisted of $413,000 from individuals, $818.30 from political party committees and $156,000 from political action committees — also known as PACs. She ended the fundraising period with $1 million on-hand.

Torres Small — a former water rights attorney from Las Cruces and former field representative to New Mexico U.S. Sen. Tom Udall, also a Democrat — will run for a second term in November. She narrowly won the seat in 2018 against former state Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, in a competitive nationally watched race in the typically Republican district.

Herrell announced in January she would make another run for the seat and has received backing from local Republicans such as New Mexico House Minority Leader James Townsend of Artesia and Mike Herrington, Chaves County Sheriff.

The Finance Reports filed by Herrell’s campaign states she received donations totaling $101,000 during the same period. Individual donations made up $93,000 of Herrell’s fundraising haul along with $8,000 from PACs. She ended the period with $307,000 cash-on-hand.

Chris Mathys of Las Cruces, a self-described “conservative Republican” who is challenging Herrell for the party’s nomination, took in a total of $104,000 during that period, with $4,000 coming from individual contributors and $100,000 in loans the candidate himself has made or guaranteed to his campaign.

Mathys has said that his campaign does not accept donations from PACs. He ended the fundraising quarter with $160,000 cash-on-hand.

In the Democratic primary to succeed Udall, who announced he would not seek a third six-year term in the U.S. Senate, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan outraised his Democratic primary opponent Maggie Toulouse Oliver, New Mexico Secretary of State $1.1 million to $223,000.

Lujan — a congressman from New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District and assistant Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives — raised $927,000.56 from individual donors and $180,000 from PACS, according to reports. He had $1.2 million cash-on-hand at the end of the reporting period.

Toulouse Oliver received $219,000 from individual donors and $3,600 from PACs. She ended the period with $86,000 cash-on-hand.

Gavin Clarkson, the only Republican to declare his candidacy in the U.S. Senate race, raised $157,000 during the fundraising period, of which $154,000 came from individual contributions and $2,500 from PACs.

He had $108,000 cash-on-hand at the end of the fundraising period.

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