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Yvette Herrell wins Republican nomination in New Mexico’s 2nd District, sets up rematch with Xochitl Torres Small

Yvette Herrell defeated Claire Chase and Chris Mathys to win the Republican nomination in New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District. As of 11:05 p.m. Mountain Time, Herrell had received 45.6% of the vote with 83% of precincts reporting. Chase followed with 32.1%, while Mathys had 22.4%. Herrell, who had been the GOP’s 2018 nominee, will again face Rep. Xochitl Torres Small (D) in the general election. In 2018, Torres Small defeated Herrell 50.9% to 49.1%.

New Mexico governor to extend stay-at-home order, with exceptions

On April 30, 2020, New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) announced during a press conference that the state’s stay-at-home order was extended through May 15.  Prior to the announcement, the stay-at-home order was in effect through April 30.

Lujan Grisham also announced during the same press conference a few changes to her directives, effective May 1. Starting that day:
  • Nonessential retailers can operate via curbside pickup and delivery service where permitted.
  • State parks can reopen on a modified basis, but camping is still prohibited.
  • Pet services, such as grooming, veterinary care, and boarding, can resume
  • Golf courses can reopen for golf only.  Food and retail services are prohibited
  • Gun stores can reopen for background checks only

Under the order, in-restaurant dining, fitness centers, salons, theaters, and casinos are still closed. The stay-at-home remains in effect through May 15, mass gatherings are still prohibited, and a 14-day quarantine remains in effect for out-of-state travelers.

Ballotpedia is tracking how state government plans to reopen after the coronavirus pandemic. Read more here.