Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee

Rep. Steve Pearce to Run for New Mexico Governor
First Republican to join race, opens up congressional seat

Rep. Steve Pearce is the first Republican to announce his candidacy for governor of New Mexico. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Rep. Steve Pearce on Monday became the first Republican to join the race for governor of New Mexico, opening up the state’s 2nd District seat, which Democrats were already planning to target in 2018.

Pearce is the second New Mexico congressional representative to announce plans seek the state’s highest job. Democratic Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham launched her campaign in December and has already outraised her potential competitors.

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Obama in 2016: Shaping Message, Raising Cash

Obama campaigned in Michigan in 2014 for Mark Schauer, left, who ran for governor, and Gary Peters, right, who won his Senate race. (Saul Loeb, AFP/Getty Images File Photo)

The White House and parts of the Democratic campaign machine envision President Barack Obama playing the role of chief messenger and fundraiser in the 2016 elections, and even as a campaigner in states and districts where his presence is requested.  

A year out from Election Day, Obama is eyeing a legislative agenda that could help Democratic candidates hone their message to voters and which jumps off from the success of a recently inked budget and debt-limit deal.