GOP rep announces bid for NM governor
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New Mexico Republican Rep. Steve Pearce has decided to run for governor, a move that could create a high-profile clash for the state’s highest office.

Pearce announced his bid Monday morning with a video that describes a strong future for New Mexico under his leadership.

“New Mexico has so much potential, but it needs leadership to harness it,” Pearce says in the video.

“My commitment is I’ll work hard every day bringing jobs back to the state, fixing a broken education system and relieving the poverty that we know is possible to relieve.”

Pearce is New Mexico’s only Republican member of Congress, and his district spans the southern portion of the state. He first won his seat in 2002, vacating his spot in Congress for a failed Senate bid in 2008 before mounting a successful return to the House in 2010.

Pearce is the only GOP candidate officially in the running for New Mexico’s governor’s…