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November 19, 2008

Pearce vying to become NM GOP chairman

What options are there for a Republican member of Congress who just got thrashed in a campaign for the Senate?

Run for state party chairman, if you’re Rep. Steve Pearce (R-N.M.). Pearce lost to Sen.-elect Tom Udall (D) in the New Mexico Senate race by 22 points, but he may not be leaving the political arena for good.

From Heath Haussamen's New Mexico Politics blog:

Fresh off his loss in the U.S. Senate race, Rep. Steve Pearce is seriously considering running in January for the position of chairman of the Republican Party of New Mexico.

Though a Pearce spokesman would not confirm it, a number of Republican sources said Pearce talked with several county Republican Party chairs about the possibility during a conference call earlier this week.

Word of the call has spread quickly, and the possibility of Pearce attempting to lead the GOP back to prominence is being widely discussed in Republican circles today.

“There are several folks who are thinking about running for state chairman. The possibility of Steve Pearce taking up that mantle would be a very exciting one,” said Mark Van Dyke, chairman of the Republican Party of Doña Ana County.