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Democrat outraises GOP foes in key House race in New Mexico

February 3, 2020 GMT
FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2018 file photo, then-Democratic Congressional hopeful Xochitl Torres Small, right, greets supporters at the opening of her Sunland Park, New Mexico office. U.S. Rep. Torres Small, D-Las Cruces, who is running for re-election in a southern New Mexico seat being targeted by Republicans, outraised all her GOP opponents in the last months of 2019, federal numbers show. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)
FILE - In this Oct. 3, 2018 file photo, then-Democratic Congressional hopeful Xochitl Torres Small, right, greets supporters at the opening of her Sunland Park, New Mexico office. U.S. Rep. Torres Small, D-Las Cruces, who is running for re-election in a southern New Mexico seat being targeted by Republicans, outraised all her GOP opponents in the last months of 2019, federal numbers show. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small, who is running for re-election in a New Mexico district being targeted by Republicans, outraised all her GOP opponents in the last months of 2019, according to new campaign finance records.

Reports filed with the Federal Election Commission show the Las Cruces Democrat raised $648,636.52 from Oct. 1 to Dec. 31 as Republicans attacked her for voting to impeach President Donald Trump.

The fundraising figure is more than all three of the Republican hopefuls combined.

Records also show that Torres Small has around $2.3 million cash-on-hand. Two years ago, she flipped the historic Republican-leaning seat along the U.S.-Mexico border.

Claire Chase, an oil executive from Roswell, raised $261,417 during the same period after a surge months before. She reported having $588,519 cash-on-hand.

Former state lawmaker Yvette Herrell reported raising $188,005 during the last months of 2019 and reported having $463,846 cash-on-hand.

Chase and Herrell have been throwing charges at each other than each is a stronger supporter of Trump than the other.

Torres Small defeated Herrell in 2018 by fewer than 3,000 votes.

Los Cruces businessman Chris Mathys reported raising $1,835 during the same period. He previously loaned his campaign $250,000 and reported having $200,159 cash-on-hand.

Torres Small, a granddaughter of Mexican immigrants, rarely mentioned Trump in the 2018 campaign and promised to uphold the region’s “rural values.” In Congress, Torres Small has attempted to portray herself as a moderate on issues around immigration and spending.

Republicans have challenged Torres Small over her voting record despite the fact that she has voted with Republicans on some issues like minimum wage and trade. She has clashed with some of the more liberal members of Congress.

The sprawling district is home to a lucrative oil region but also has some of the most impoverished communities in the U.S. The district houses the highest percentage of Hispanic voters in the state with the highest percentage of Hispanic residents.