Big Campaign Money In Second District

Las Cruces – New campaign finance reports show that Democratic Congressman Harry Teague and Republican challenger Steve Pearce each have at least $1 million stockpiled for their 2nd Congressional District race.

Teague reported a cash balance of almost $1.2 million in his campaign account as of the end of June. Pearce had cash-on-hand of slightly more than $1 million.

Teague won the southern New Mexico congressional seat in 2008, when Pearce left the House to run for an open Senate seat.

Pearce raised about $284,000 from May 13 through the end of June. Teague collected almost $270,000.

Thursday is the deadline for congressional candidates to file fundraising reports with the Federal Election Commission.

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