New Mexico swing-district debate hinges on oil, border

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — GOP congressional challenger Yvette Herrell embraced President Donald Trump’s border-wall strategy and burnished an anti-abortion, pro-petroleum philosophy in a bid to unseat Democratic Rep. Xochitl Torres Small during a televised debate.

“I’m proud to stand with President Trump on securing our southern border,” Herrell, a former state legislator, said during the Wednesday night face-off.

Battling to win a second term in the 2nd Congressional District — a swing district that includes an oil-producing region along the border with Mexico — Torres Small voiced no criticism of Trump and cast herself as a pragmatist who has focused on high-tech drug enforcement at ports of entry and opposed efforts in Congress to ban fracking for oil.

The congresswoman and water lawyer noted that she has earned the support of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and the New Mexico Oil and Gas Association — touching on controversial praise

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