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Report: Torres Small outraised Herrell in last weeks of House race

U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, D-NM, speaks to attendees at the Democratic Party of Chaves County’s Pre-Primary Convention at the Fraternal Order of the Eagles in Roswell. Though Torres Small went on to lose her bid for reelection by eight points to Republican Yvette Herrell, the latest campaign reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show Torres Small maintained a strong lead in fundraising. (Daily Record File Photo)

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Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small continued to outpace Republican Yvette Herrell in fundraising during the final weeks of the U.S. House race in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District.

Herrell defeated Torres Small 54% to 46% last month in one of the most closely watched toss-up races for the U.S. House of Representatives. Reports filed by the campaigns with the Federal Election Commission Thursday though show Herrell won despite Torres Small having a substantial cash advantage.

The reports, which cover fundraising and spending of the campaigns between Oct. 15 and Nov. 23, state Torres Small’s campaign took in $897,214.49 during that period, while Herrell’s raked in $291,400.

According to reports, during that same timeframe, Torres Small had far outspent Herrell, $1,902,341.75 to $442,489.45. The candidates ended the reporting period with $95,514.50 and $58,836.32 in cash on hand, respectively.

During the entire 2020 election cycle, reports state, Torres Small held an edge over Herrell, taking in $8,525,584.54 in contributions compared to Herrell’s $2,806,793.04.

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A first-term congresswoman, Torres Small had defeated Herrell, a former state representative from Alamogordo, in 2018 for the same U.S. House seat, by 4,000 votes. She became only the second Democrat since 1983 to represent the sprawling and typically Republican district.

Herrell had been eager for a rematch with Torres Small, declaring her intention in January 2019 to run again for the seat.

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

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