U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce, R-N.M., is declaring victory in his race against Democratic challenger Merrie Lee Soules.
With 168,062 votes counted, Pearce leads 59.81 percent to 40.19 percent.
“I am honored and thankful to once again have the support of my fellow New Mexicans,” Pearce said in a campaign news release. “New Mexico has always been my home, and it is an immense privilege to be able to represent and fight for Southern New Mexico for another two years.”
Pearce has served as the state’s only Republican representative in the U.S. House since 2011. He held the seat before that from 2003-2009.
Soules’ campaign declined to comment immediately, saying only about 10 percent of polling stations had reported full voter counts.