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Herrell raises more than $300K for re-election

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U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-NM, raised more than $300,000 for a re-election bid in the first fundraising quarter of 2021.

Campaign finance reports filed with the Federal Election Commission by Herrell’s campaign committee show the first-term congresswoman, who represents New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, took in $364,504 between Jan. 1 and March 31.

After spending $55,877, Herrell ended the fundraising quarter with $361,591 in cash on hand. The total represents a significant boost to Herrell’s campaign account, which ended 2020 with a balance of $52,964.

Campaign reports show contributions to Herrell’s campaign during the recent fundraising period include $2,500 from the Exxon Mobil Corporation PAC and $1,000 from the Susan B. Anthony List, a political action committee which raises money for candidates opposed to abortion rights. The campaign of Steve Scalise, House Minority Whip and the second highest ranking Republican in the U.S. House of Representatives, gave Herrell’s campaign $2,000.

Paul Smith, a spokesperson for Herrell, confirmed Wednesday that the Alamogordo Republican plans to run for re-election in 2022.

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No other individuals have filed fundraising reports or have yet publicly announced their intention to challenge Herrell.

Herrell unseated first-term Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small 54% to 46% in the November race for the 2nd Congressional District, which is comprised of 19 counties and includes 180 miles of border with Mexico and the oil fields in the state’s southeastern corner.

The contest represented a rematch from the 2018 midterm election, when Torres Small, a water rights attorney from Las Cruces, narrowly defeated Herrell in an open race for the seat in the usually Republican-leaning district.

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