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- Representative Teresa Leger Fernández is running against Republican Alexis Martinez Johnson in New Mexico’s 3rd congressional district.
- The 3rd District covers large swaths of southeastern New Mexico, including more conservative parts of the state.
- Republicans have a slight advantage over the traditionally Democratic seat.
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Incumbent Democratic Representative Teresa Leger Fernández takes on Republican Alexis Martinez Johnson in New Mexico’s 3rd congressional district.
Candidates for New Mexico’s 3rd congressional district
Leger Fernández, first elected in 2020, is seeking a second term in Congress. She sits on the House Committees on Natural Resources, Education and Labor. Light Fernández too chairs the United States Indigenous Peoples Committeein which she works on a range of issues for Indigenous communities, including economic development, health, cultural preservation and education.
She owns Leger Law & Strategy, and prior to working in Congress, she worked as a public interest attorney in New Mexico. Leger Fernández was also appointed by Presidents Clinton and Obama and served as Vice Chairman of the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation.
Martinez Johnson, the challenger to Leger Fernández, is an environmental engineer who has worked with energy companies in the east of the state. She told the Albuquerque Journal she does not believe former President Donald Trump’s claim that he was the rightful winner of the 2020 presidential election and that she will “support the voters of New Mexico” on abortion.
Voting history for New Mexico’s 3rd congressional district
New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District covers large swathes of southeastern New Mexico.
Joe Biden had a margin of victory of more than 17 percentage points over Trump below the district’s previous limits in 2020 before the redistricting process once per decade following the 2020 census. The redistricting reconfigured the district to stretch further into southeastern New Mexico to Clovis and Portales, two traditionally more conservative parts of the state, giving Republicans a slight advantage in the traditionally Democratic district.
The district has traditionally skewed Democratic. Since its formation about 40 years ago, only one Republican, former Representative Bill Redmond of Los Alamos, has held the seat.
The race for money
According OpenSecretsLeger Fernández has raised nearly $2.9 million, spent more than $2.4 million and had $614,000 in cash as of October 19. of October 19.
As of Nov. 3, super PACs, national party committees and other non-candidate groups had combined to spend about $430,000 defending or against candidates — a relatively modest amount for competitive state House races. -United. House Majority PAC, a Hybrid CAP led by Democrats who support Leger Fernández, alone accounts for more than a third of that spending.
What the experts say
The race between Leger Fernández and Martinez Johnson is described as “probably democratic” by The Cook Political Reportand “probably Democrat” by Sabato’s Crystal Ball at the University of Virginia Center for Politics.