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Udall Declares Victory In 3rd Congressional District; Pearce Wins 2nd

By Leslie Hoffman
The Associated Press
   Incumbents Tom Udall and Steve Pearce held onto their U.S. House seats Tuesday.
    "I'm declaring victory," Udall said, citing his own polling information. "I'm humbled and elated about going back to Washington again to represent the people of the 3rd Congressional District."
    Early results in the 3rd District showed Udall with 83 percent to Republican challenger Gregory Tucker's 17 percent, with 5 of 534 precincts reporting.
    Udall was seeking his fourth term against Tucker, who has served as district attorney in San Juan County.
    In southern New Mexico's 2nd District, Republican Pearce faced a challenge from Democrat Gary King, a state legislator for 12 years whose father, Bruce King, was the longest serving governor in state history.
    Although there are more registered Democrats than Republicans in the district, party affiliation doesn't seem to matter   —   the district has elected Republicans to Congress for the last 24 years.
    Early results showed Pearce leading with 60 percent to King's 40 percent with 25 of 503 precincts reporting.
    In the Albuquerque-area 1st District, Republican incumbent Heather Wilson faced second-time challenger Richard Romero, whom she defeated two years ago by 55 percent to 45 percent.