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Early voter participation surges in New Mexico

Author: Associated Press - November 5, 2018 - Updated: November 5, 2018

U.S. Congressman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Steve Pearce listens to law enforcement officers during a news conference in Albuquerque, N.M., on Oct. 30. Pearce, who has been endorsed by the Albuquerque police officers’ union and 21 sheriffs from around the state, proposed creating a task force to bring local, state and federal law enforcement agencies together to address New Mexico’s crime problems. (AP Photo/Susan Montoya Bryan)

SANTA FE, N.M. — New Mexico election regulators are reporting a major surge in early and absentee balloting as voters decide on a new governor, two open congressional seats and whether to re-elect a Democratic U.S. Senator.

The New Mexico secretary of state on Sunday reported that 430,796 ballots had been cast as of the close at the close of early voting over the weekend. That represents a 31 percent increase in early voting from the last midterm election with an open seat for governor in 2010.

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce of Hobbs is running for governor against Democratic U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham amid public frustration over the economy, public schools and crime.

In the state’s southern congressional district, Republican state Rep. Yvette Herrell faces Democratic attorney Xochitl Torres Small.

Associated Press

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