Poll: Republican Yvette Herrell Tied with Democrat Challenger in Contentious New Mexico Race

In this May 24, 2018 photo New Mexico State Rep. Yvette Herrell, R-Alamogordo, speaks to voters at a GOP event in Hobbs, N.M. Now that Rep. Steve Pearce, R-Hobbs, is stepping down to run for New Mexico governor, eyes are turning to southern New Mexico where the open congressional seat …
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An Emerson poll released Sunday found Republican Yvette Herrell is tied with her Democrat challenger Xochitl Torres Small in New Mexico’s contentious 2nd District race.

The poll, which included 278 responders and conducted from Oct. 24-26, shows both Herrell (pictured) and Small sitting at 47 percent. Six percent of responders remain undecided.

The seat, which is currently held by Republican Steve Pearce, is one of many that Democrats aim to pick up in the 2018 midterm elections. In 2016, Donald Trump outperformed both McCain’s 2008 and Romney’s 2012 performance with a 10 point margin of victory in New Mexico’s 2nd district.

Last week on Breitbart News Tonight, Herrell, who represents District 51 in New Mexico’s House of Representatives, warned of the dangers of the migrant caravan headed toward America’s southern border.

“We have to look at the bigger picture,” Herrell stated. “Look at our sovereignty being at risk. Look at the way we treat this invasion, because if this happens, I think this just opens the floodgates for additional people to come into this country illegally. At some point in time, this president [and] this Congress have got to address this issue.”

Herrell also stated she supports members of America’s military being sent to the border for additional protection and considers the migrant caravan an “insult” to those who immigrated legally.

“We have got to be thinking of how we can take care of Americans first. … It does make a mockery of our system. We need to strengthen our borders. … Let’s start enforcing our laws,” Herrell said.

The margin of error for this poll is +/-6.1%.

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