The Latest on the midterm election in New Mexico (all times local):

10:05 a.m.

A 23-year-old recent University of New Mexico grad says she voted for Republican Steve Pearce for governor largely because of his views on the state’s struggling economy and his record as a businessman.

Vivianne Gonzalez told The Associated Press that Pearce shares her values on economic freedom and that considers him the best person to create jobs.

Gonzalez said she mainly voted for Republican candidates even though she’s upset with some of President Donald Trump’s decisions as president.

In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 photo, New Mexico gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks to an audience including many unionized state workers in Santa Fe, N.M.  Grisham is competing against Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce of Hobbs. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez cannot run for a consecutive third term. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 photo, New Mexico gubernatorial candidate and U.S. Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham speaks to an audience including many unionized state workers in Santa Fe, N.M. Grisham is competing against Republican U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce of Hobbs. Republican Gov. Susana Martinez cannot run for a consecutive third term. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

Gonzalez said she voted for Republican political newcomer Mick Rich for U.S. Senate over Democratic incumbent Sen. Martin Heinrich because Rich closely reflects her views on economic issues.

9:45 a.m.

In this Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 photo, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico campaigns for re-election to a sixth term in office in Santa Fe, N.M., at the Meow Wolf arts and entertainment complex. He was being challenged by Republican candidate Jerald Steve McFall and Libertarian Chris Manning.  (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
In this Friday, Nov. 2, 2018 photo, U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico campaigns for re-election to a sixth term in office in Santa Fe, N.M., at the Meow Wolf arts and entertainment complex. He was being challenged by Republican candidate Jerald Steve McFall and Libertarian Chris Manning. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

William Johnson says he was voting for Democrat Xochitl Torres Small who is running in a closely watched U.S. House race in the southern New Mexico and that he likes “like what she stands for.”

Johnson says he especially likes that Torres Small isn’t calling for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement like some liberal Democrats and was taking what Johnson considers a pragmatic approach to immigration and border security.

7 a.m.

Voting is underway across New Mexico as polling locations open for Tuesday’s midterm election.

Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mick Rich in New Mexico speaks at a New Mexico GOP rally in Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. New Mexico candidates for governor, a lone Senate seat and two open congressional districts barnstormed through major cities Monday to rally supporters in the wake of record-breaking early voter turnout. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
Republican candidate for U.S. Senate Mick Rich in New Mexico speaks at a New Mexico GOP rally in Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. New Mexico candidates for governor, a lone Senate seat and two open congressional districts barnstormed through major cities Monday to rally supporters in the wake of record-breaking early voter turnout. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

Voters are picking the state’s next governor, a U.S. senator, three U.S. House members and a string of statewide offices.

Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican Congressman Steve Pearce were vying to succeed termed-out Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

A congressional district bordering Mexico is among the more competitive races in the state, with Republican state lawmaker Yvette Herrell facing Democratic attorney Xochitl Torres Small.

Polls are scheduled to close at 7 p.m., when absentee ballots also are due.

Wayne Johnson, a Republican candidate for New Mexico state audit, speaks at a New Mexico GOP rally in Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. New Mexico candidates for governor, a lone Senate seat and two open congressional districts barnstormed through major cities Monday to rally supporters in the wake of record-breaking early voter turnout. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)
Wayne Johnson, a Republican candidate for New Mexico state audit, speaks at a New Mexico GOP rally in Albuquerque, N.M., on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018. New Mexico candidates for governor, a lone Senate seat and two open congressional districts barnstormed through major cities Monday to rally supporters in the wake of record-breaking early voter turnout. (AP Photo/Russell Contreras)

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11:40 a.m.

Polls are opening across New Mexico as voters decide on the state’s next governor, a U.S. Senate seat, representation in Congress and a string of statewide offices.

Balloting began Tuesday as two member of Congress compete to be governor. Democratic Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican Congressman Steve Pearce were vying to succeed termed-out Republican Gov. Susana Martinez.

CORRECTS TO SAY RICHARD RUNS FOR STATE LAND COMMISSIONER, NOT GOVERNOR - In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 photo, Stephanie Garcia Richard campaigns for state land commissioner at a Democratic political rally in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)
CORRECTS TO SAY RICHARD RUNS FOR STATE LAND COMMISSIONER, NOT GOVERNOR – In this Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 photo, Stephanie Garcia Richard campaigns for state land commissioner at a Democratic political rally in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee)

A congressional district bordering Mexico is among the more competitive races in state, with Republican state lawmaker Yvette Herrell facing Democratic attorney Xochitl Torres Small.

Polls are scheduled to close at 7 p.m., when absentee ballots also are due.

Election regulators say several independent groups have appointed election watchers and observers to safeguard against fraud and unintentional problems or conduct research.

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Source: The Associated Press

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