New Mexico’s 2nd District occupies the state’s southern sector. Rep. Pearce was initially elected in 2002, but left in 2008 to run unsuccessfully for US Senate. He returned in 2010 to oust Democrat Harry Teague (D-Hobbs), who had succeeded him. The 2nd supported President Trump with a 50-40% margin. Candidate filing closed on February 6th, which yielded only two Democrats declaring themselves, surprising for an open seat. College professor Madeline Hildebrandt and attorney Xochitl Torres-Small will square off for the party nomination.