Pearce Exceeds Teague In Fundraising

Las Cruces – Republican Steve Pearce has raised a half million dollars for his bid to regain his former congressional seat, collecting more money than incumbent Democrat Harry Teague during the past quarter, according to the latest federal campaign finance reports.

However, Teague has more money stockpiled in his campaign account than Pearce has accumulated so far.

Pearce is seeking the GOP nomination in the 2nd Congressional District of southern New Mexico. Teague won the seat in 2008, when Pearce left the House to run for an open Senate seat. Pearce lost to Democrat Tom Udall in last fall's general election.

Teague had a cash balance of $757,377 at the end of last month more than any other congressional candidate in the state, according to reports filed with the Federal Election Commission.

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