- Associated Press - Monday, October 16, 2017

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Former Hobbs mayor Monty Newman says his campaign has raised $317,000 to run for New Mexico’s southern congressional district.

Candidates for the U.S. House and Senate in 2018 elections have a Monday deadline to file campaign finance disclosures with the Federal Election Commission.

Candidates are crowding into open races for New Mexico’s sprawling southern district currently held by Republican Rep. Steve Pearce and an Albuquerque-based district held by Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Pearce and Lujan Grisham are running for governor and will leave Congress after fall elections.

Newman faces competition for the GOP nomination from state Rep. Yvette Herrell of Alamogordo, former state National Guard leader Andrew Salas and Carlsbad pharmacist Jack Volpato.

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