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Torres Small trounces Republicans in fourth-quarter fundraising

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U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-NM, speaks to attendees at the Democratic Party of Chaves County’s Pre-Primary Convention Jan. 25 at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles. Torres Small raised $911,087 in the last three months of 2019, more than any of her three Republican opponents. (Alex Ross Photo)

U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-NM, ended last year with more money in her campaign war chest than all three of her Republican opponents combined.

A first-term congresswoman running for re-election in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, Torres Small’s campaign raised $911,087 in the fourth quarter, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission. The fourth quarter is the period between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31 of last year.

Torres Small received 11,000 donations of under $100 in that timeframe, with most coming from New Mexico, according to a press release from her campaign.

Claire Chase, a Roswell resident and government relations director with an oil and gas company, led in fundraising among the three Republicans vying to take on Torres Small in November. Her campaign received $268,717 in donations in the final three months of 2019 and has $588,519 in the bank.

Mike Berg, Chase’s campaign manager, said in a statement 60% of contributions came from New Mexico.

Yvette Herrell, a former state representative, raised $198,502 in the same period, and has $463,845 remaining in the bank, according to reports.

Chris Mathys, a businessman from Las Cruces, trailed the Republican field in fundraising, taking in $25,835. He has $200,159 remaining in the bank.

The reports state Torres Small’s fourth-quarter fundraising consisted of $512,908 in individual donations; $136,750 from political action committees — also known as PACs — and $389 from political party committees. Her campaign had also transferred $261,817 from other authorized campaign committees.

In the same period, Chase took in $247,417 from individuals; $18,500 from PACs and donated $2,800 of her own money to her campaign, according to reports.

Herrell’s donations in the final fundraising quarter consisted of $182,005 from individuals, $16,000 from PACs and $497.30 in offsets from operating expenditures.

Mathys, who has said his campaign does not accept money from PACs, received $1,835 from individuals and made a loan of $24,000 to his campaign.

Torres Small was elected to the normally Republican 2nd Congressional District by less than 3,000 votes. The 2020 race is currently rated as a “toss-up” by the Cook Political Report.

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