Rep. Steve Pearce (R-Hobbs), who lost the Governor’s race two weeks ago to his congressional colleague, Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-Albuquerque), confirmed yesterday that he will run for chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party early next year, and has not ruled out making yet another attempt to regain the House seat he relinquished to run statewide.
In 2008, Rep. Pearce ran for US Senate only to see a Democrat win the House seat while the Congressman was losing statewide. Mr. Pearce re-claimed the congressional seat in 2010. With attorney Xochitl Torres-Small converting Pearce’s seat to the Democratic column in this election, it is clear that the party will be looking to recruit a strong challenger. Since it would be difficult for the party to find a stronger candidate than Rep. Pearce, a second comeback run to regain the seat he voluntarily ceded would again have to be taken seriously.
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