In New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, Democrat Gabe Vasquez is predicted to defeat Republican Rep. Yvette Herrell, denying the latter a second term and adding to the GOP’s problems during this midterm election cycle.
Democrats in New Mexico designed new district borders for the southern border district during the redistricting process, making the formerly solidly Republican seat more competitive. Prior to election day, the nonpartisan Cook Political Report classified the race as a “toss-up.”
Just before Tuesday’s election, the Republican was ahead in the polls in New Mexico, but Vazquez narrowly won. The race was declared on Thursday morning by the Associated Press.
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Herrell’s fall increases the number of Republican incumbents who lost in this year’s midterm elections, which were predicted to be a red wave election with a number of close races going in the Republicans’ favour. No Republican incumbents ran unopposed for reelection in 2020.
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The first incumbent to lose on Tuesday was Republican Rep. Steve Chabot of Ohio, who gave up the race to Democrat Greg Landsman. That contest had likewise been predicted to be a “toss-up,” but Chabot’s lengthy service in the House made it noteworthy.
Democratic Representative Vicente Gonzalez defeated Republican Representative Mayra Flores in a member-on-member contest in Texas’ 34th Congressional District. Only a few months after winning a special election this summer, Flores had already been elected to Congress.
The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee included Vazquez in its “Red to Blue” initiative. Vazquez’s candidacy was a top target for Democrats hoping to flip the district, which had been dominated by the GOP for years.