ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Republican voters across southern New Mexico were deciding Tuesday whether to give Steve Pearce another shot at his old job.
It seemed like a solid bet.
The former GOP congressman was strongly favored in the Republican primary to represent southern New Mexico's sprawling 2nd Congressional District. Pearce was running in the primary against Roswell-area farmer Cliff Pirtle, who was making his first bid for elective office.
The winner advances to the general election against first-term Rep. Harry Teague, the Democrat who took over the office when Pearce stepped away to pursue a U.S. Senate seat in 2008. Teague is unopposed in the Democratic primary. [See which industries give the most money to Teague's campaign.]