SANTA FE, NM (AP) — The outcome of a congressional race in southern New Mexico was too early to be announced Wednesday as incumbent Rep. Yvette Herrell seeks a second term in a district she tipped under Republican control in 2020.

Democratic candidate Gabe Vasquez, a former Las Cruces city councilman, ran for the 2nd congressional district seat pledging to seek more affordable access to health care, raise the federal minimum wage and protect the right to abortion. Herrell pointed to concerns about border enforcement and its unfettered support for the oil and natural gas industry in a major energy producing area.

The newly redesigned district has a predominantly Hispanic population and stretches from the US border with Mexico through the desert oil fields of the Permian Basin and parts of Albuquerque. Both campaigns were closely following the vote count.

“This race remains very close and we are closely monitoring the counting of all remaining ballots,” Vasquez campaign spokesman Robert Phillips said in an email.

Democrats have won another midterm term with the re-election of Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham as New Mexico grapples with the whiplash of the COVID-19 pandemic and the fallout from public health orders that interrupted classroom learning for a year in many public schools.

On election night, Lujan Grisham hinted at his priorities for a second term that begins in January with the start of a 60-day legislative session. State government revenue and spending surged amid record oil production in the state’s southeastern corner.

“New Mexico said yes to more health care for families, better education for children, more economic freedom…for workers and more for students,” Lujan Grisham said. “Tonight, New Mexicans declared that we are and will continue to be a state that protects the reproductive rights and basic human rights of every member of the LGBTQ community.”

Lujan Grisham has tied his re-election campaign closely to access to abortion as a cornerstone of women’s rights. Democratic State Rep. Dayan Hochman-Vigil said that could be a new focus for legislation next year.

“I think there are ideas floating around about how we can further protect women’s right to health care,” she told KANW radio. “I think it’s important to let the citizens of the state know that their right to choose should and can be preserved.”

New Mexico has played an outsized role in providing access to abortion for residents of neighboring states. Mississippi clinic operators at center of court battle that overturned Roe v. Wade opened a clinic in southern New Mexico.

During campaign debates, Lujan Grisham suggested that perhaps more should be done to ensure that recently enacted gun control laws are enforced by police services, and she reaffirmed her commitment to fight against climate change and to encourage investment in alternative fuels such as hydrogen.

Democrats prevailed in other major statewide races.

Democratic Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver defeated Republican candidate Audrey Trujillo, who has allied her campaign with an America First coalition that seeks to bring about wide-ranging changes to the administration of elections.

Albuquerque-based Democratic District Attorney Raúl Torrez won an open race for attorney general, beating Republican nominee Jeremy Gay of Gallup. And Democratic Lands Commissioner Stephanie Garcia Richard won a second term as head of the State Land Office, which oversees lucrative leases for oil, minerals and renewable energy on public lands.