Voters in Dona Ana County head to the polls for midterm election

Voters in line at Desert Hills Elementary in Las Cruces. (KFOX14/CBS4)

New Mexico candidates for federal and statewide office are crisscrossing the state as voters decide on a new governor, two open congressional seats and whether to re-elect a Democratic U.S. senator.

As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday 18,000 people have voted in Dona Ana County, not including early voting or absentee numbers.

The New Mexico secretary of state on Sunday reported that 430,796 ballots had been cast as of the close at the close of early voting over the weekend. Midterm elections in 2014 attracted about 255,000 early and absentee votes. In 2010, it was nearly 300,000.

Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce of Hobbs is running for governor against Democratic U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham amid public frustration over the economy, public schools and crime.

In the state's southern congressional district, Republican state Rep. Yvette Herrell faces Democratic attorney Xochitl Torres Small.

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