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With party primaries still more than six months away, nearly $3 million has been raised by four candidates in the 2020 2nd Congressional District race in the southern half of the state for the seat currently held by Democrat Xochitl Torres Small.
That’s about $1 million more than has been raised in the crowded 3rd Congressional District race, which has had as many as 15 candidates seeking to replace Democrat Ben Ray Luján, who is running for Senate, and five times the amount raised in the 1st Congressional District race, where Democrat Deb Haaland is seeking a second term.
And the amount doesn’t include thousands of dollars being spent by outside groups seeking to influence the race. One group, the American Action Network – affiliated with Republican House leadership – recently spent $168,000 in television advertising and $50,000 in digital ads targeting Torres Small on impeachment, urging her to vote against impeaching President Donald Trump.
Members of Congress have weighed in on the race. Torres Small has received donations from the campaigns or PACs backed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, U.S. Sen. Tom Udall and California Reps. Ted Lieu and Adam Schiff. Former state Rep. Yvette Herrell has received support from North Carolina Republican Congressman Mark Meadows and Ohio Congressman Jim Jordan. Roswell oil and gas executive Claire Chase has received support from a PAC led by Oklahoma Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin.