Rep. Steve Pearce (R-Hobbs) just lost the Governor’s race in November, but he has already made a political comeback of sorts. Over the weekend he was elected as chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party and will attempt to rebuild the party, which now has no GOP officials either in statewide or federal office.
Mr. Pearce has also not ruled out attempting to re-gain his House seat after Democratic attorney Xochitl Torres-Small converted the seat in the general election. As party chairman, however, it may be difficult for him to devote time to his new responsibilities and simultaneously prepare for another congressional campaign against a freshman Democratic member.
After Mr. Pearce ran for US Senate in 2008 and gave up the House seat he originally won in 2002, he returned in 2010 to re-capture the district from the freshman Democratic incumbent who replaced him. The question remains open as to whether he will attempt to make the same move in 2020.
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