October 27th, 2010
11:00 AM ET
3 years ago

Fight to the finish in New Mexico's 2nd

Editor's Note: In the final 100 days before Election Day, CNN has been profiling one race at random each day from among the nation's top 100 House races, which we've dubbed "The CNN 100." Read the full list here.

Today's featured district is:
New Mexico's Second Congressional District. Rep. Harry Teague is seeking a second term.
Primary: June 1st, 2010
Where: Southern New Mexico
Days Until Election: 6

(CNN ) – New Mexico Republican Steve Pearce wants his old job back.   

Pearce, who faces off against one term Democratic incumbent Harry Teague, represented the 2nd Congressional District for three terms.

Pearce declined a re-election bid in 2008 to pursue the retiring Senator Pete Domenici's seat, but lost to Democrat Tom Udall.

In a campaign season frought with anti-incumbent fever, Teague – a small business owner- is facing a tough bid for reelection. However, a recent report that the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee has stopped its statewide advertising for Teague seems to indicate the Democrats feel the seat is secure.

DCCC chairman Chris Van Hollen said in a statement to Politico, "Based on our assessment on the level of TV advertising in the district, Harry Teague is in a strong position. We are fully invested in Harry Teague's voter contact efforts and remain confident he will win on election night."

Republicans have tried to paint Teague as a liberal, although the Democrat was recently endorsed by the National Rifle Association.

Pearce, who has attacked Teague's ties to the Obama administration, recently secured the endorsement of former Republican Vice Presidential nominee Sarah Palin.

During a contentious debate Sunday night both men went after each other on issues such as the economy and border safety.

– CNN's Jillian Harding contributed to this report.


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