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Herrell has big fundraising haul

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U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell holds a big lead in fundraising with her reelection campaign taking in more than half a million dollars during the last fundraising quarter.

U.S. Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-NM, addresses a crowd Jan. 31, 2020 at the Republican Party of Chaves County’s pre-primary convention in Roswell. (Daily Record File Photo)

Contributors poured $500,192.70 into the campaign war chest of Herrell, a Republican who represents New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, according to reports filed Friday with the Federal Election Commission. The reports cover campaign financial activity between July 1 and Sept. 30.

During that time frame, Herrell’s campaign also spent $218,338.24 and closed the period with $980,687.50 in cash on hand.

The latest figures bring Herrell’s total fundraising haul since January to $1.3 million, more than seven times what Gabriel Vasquez has received in contributions. A Las Cruces city councilor, Vasquez last month became the first Democrat to enter the race. Reports state he received $70,182.50, and had $9,281.53 in expenditures. He finished the fundraising cycle with $60,900.97 in his campaign account.

Gabriel Vasquez (Submitted Photo)

The New Mexico 2nd Congressional District, which consists of the oil reserves of the Permian Basin and communities along the 180 miles of the state’s border with Mexico, usually favors Republicans in presidential, congressional and statewide elections.

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However, in 2018, Democrat Xochitl Torres Small wrested control of the seat from Republicans, defeating Herrell by less than two percentage points. Last November, Herrell unseated Torres Small 54% to 46%.

Pro Publica reported that outside groups pumped $23,461,520 into the 2nd Congressional District race in 2020.

Friday’s reports show independent expenditures, also known as Super PACs, have already begun to deploy resources ahead of the 2022 election.

The House Freedom Fund, a fundraising arm of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of House Republicans aligned with former President Donald Trump, have already spent $219,146.59 in support of Herrell.

Reports indicate Indivisible Project Inc. — a progressive advocacy group — and Planned Parenthood Action have spent $859.17 and $8.68 respectively to oppose Herrell.

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

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