In New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., a member of the House Freedom Caucus, is vacating his seat to run for governor. There are three candidates vying to replace him tonight.
State Rep. Yvette Herrell is running with the support of conservative activists and the House Freedom Caucus. At a state party convention in February, Herrell crushed the competition and won 58 percent of the support of Republican delegates, ensuring that her name will appear first on the ballot.
She is challenged by Gavin Clarkson and Monty Newman. Clarkson is a former Trump administration official from the Department of the Interior who resigned after ProPublica published a story about an inspector general report that found irregularities in a loan program he directed. He is pledging to help Trump “drain the swamp.”
Newman is the former chairman of the New Mexico Republican Party and has been endorsed by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas. Clayburn Griffin is also running.
New Mexico uses a closed primary system, meaning that only registered party members can vote in a party’s primary elections. The polls close at 7:00 p.m. MT.