WASHINGTON – Republican Yvette Herrell has a razor-thin lead over Democrat Xochitl Torres Small in the contest for New Mexico’s Second Congressional District, according to a poll released Wednesday.
The New York Times Upshot/Siena College poll found that 45 percent of the respondents said they support Herrell, compared with 44 percent who said they support Small. Meanwhile, 11 percent said they are not sure which candidate they support.
The live poll surveyed 522 respondents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 4.6 percentage points.
Herrell, 54, has served in the New Mexico legislature since 2011. She owns several small business and works in the real estate industry.
Small, 33, is a water rights attorney. She is a strong proponent of immigration and health care reform.
The candidates are vying for the seat being vacated by GOP Rep. Steve Pearce. Pearce is the Republican nominee for governor. He will face Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham in November’s general election.
The predominantly urban district encompasses the southern portion of the state and includes Las Cruces, Roswell and parts of Albuquerque.
President Donald Trump carried the district by 10 points in 2016.
The presence of a statistical tie in the Republican-leaning district could foreshadow trouble for the GOP on the national level.
Many polls say Democrats are likely to exceed the 23-seat threshold needed for the party to retake the House.