State Land Commissioner and former congressional candidate Aubrey Dunn (R) announced that he will enter the open 2nd Congressional District race next year. Incumbent Rep. Steve Pearce (R-Hobbs) announced his run for Governor last week, thus opening the congressional district for the 2018 election. Already in the GOP primary is state Rep. Yvette Herrell (R-Alamogordo). The district encompasses virtually the entire state south of the Albuquerque metropolitan area. The electorate votes generally Republican (Trump: 50-40%), but did elect a Democrat, Harry Teague, for one term the last time the district was open (2008).
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