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Chase leads Republicans in third-quarter fundraising

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Less than two months after officially launching her campaign for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, Roswell resident Claire Chase out-fundraised her two Republican primary opponents, though her fundraising haul is still less than that of U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-NM.

Chase, a government relations director for Mack Energy, raised $510,790 in net campaign contributions in the third campaign fundraising quarter, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

The reports cover the fundraising activity of individual campaigns between July 1 and Sept. 30. Chase during that period spent $35,964. Her campaign now has $474,825 cash remaining on-hand.

Chase declared her candidacy in late August for the U.S. House seat representing the New Mexico 2nd Congressional District. The sprawling, normally Republican-leaning district extends from southern Bernalillo County down to the southern border and is now represented by Torres Small, a first-term Democrat.

Chase said Wednesday her campaign is humbled by the support she has received so far.

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“We are pretty ecstatic about the third-quarter fundraising numbers and it is just a reflection of the energy and excitement and momentum that we are building on this campaign,” she said.

Chase’s two Republican primary competitors, former state Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, and Chris Mathys, a Las Cruces businessman, raised net totals of $140,238 and $3,205 respectively this quarter, according to reports.

Herrell spent $56,525 this quarter. Reports state that she has $390,422 remaining on-hand.

“We are encouraged by the continued strong financial and grassroots support our campaign is receiving,” Herrell said in a recent press release issued by her campaign. “It is clear that our pro-Trump, pro-jobs and pro-Constitution message is resonating with New Mexicans across the 2nd District.”

Herrell, who was the Republican nominee in 2018 for the seat and lost the race by about 3,000 votes, has so far raised a net total of $441,640 this campaign cycle. Mathys has raised $233,166, which includes $226,000 in loans he has made or guaranteed to his campaign this election cycle. In the last quarter, he made or guaranteed $50,000 in loans, according to reports.

Reports state Mathys spent $12,987 this quarter, leaving him with $200,122 cash-on-hand.

Mathys said Thursday that his fundraising totals indicate he is running a strong campaign and is not worried by Chase’s fundraising edge. He added that his campaign does not believe money is a barometer of who will be the best member of Congress.

“Running for office is not just about money, it’s about working hard and making the effort to meet people. And that is what our campaign is all about,” Mathys said.

The totals of each Republican contender dwarf that of Torres Small who has $556,452 in net contributions this quarter, bringing the total amount her campaign has raised since the start of the year to more than $1.5 million, according to reports. She now has $1.4 million cash left on-hand.

“I continue to be energized by the overwhelming outpouring of support our campaign has received, and I remain committed to working with southern New Mexicans to address our shared challenges with community-driven solutions,” Torres Small said in a statement from her campaign.

Despite not having a primary challenger, Torres Small spent $123,034 this quarter.

Chase surpassed Torres Small, Herrell and Mathys with contributions from individual donors this quarter. According to reports, Chase received $503,790 from individual donors, compared to Torres Small who took in $441,665. Herrell and Mathys received $137,438 and $3,205 respectively.

Torres Small took in a total of $114,595 from political action committees (PACs) this fundraising quarter, according to reports. Chase received $7,000 and Herrell $2,800 this quarter.

Mathys did not receive any PAC money and has not since he began his campaign. In an interview with the Roswell Daily Record in April, Mathys said his campaign would focus on small donors and not what he called “special interests.”

This quarter, Torres Small received $930 from political campaign committees. Chase, Mathys and Herrell have not received any money from political campaign committees, according to reports.

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

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