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No debates in key House race as GOP candidate declines invites

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Voters in a closely watched U.S. House race in southern New Mexico likely won’t get a chance to hear a debate after the GOP hopeful ignored all invites.

Republican nominee Yvette Herrell has declined to respond to offers by three television stations to participate in a debate between her and Democrat Xochitl Torres Small.

Torres Small campaign manager Brian Sowyrda says it’s now too late for a debate since the election is less than two weeks away.

Herrell senior aide Rob Burgess did not immediately respond to a text message. He previously said Herrell couldn’t attend a KOAT-TV debate because she was meeting with voters.

KRWG-TV in Las Cruces and KOB-TV and KOAT-TV in Albuquerque reached out to both candidates about debates. Burgess says Torres Small agreed to all offers.

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