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RNC spokeswoman names New Mexico as 2020 target for Trump

A spokeswoman for the Republican National Committee (RNC) said Monday that President Trump's has set his sights on New Mexico as his campaign looks to expand its electoral playing field in 2020.

"We know we've got a lot of supporters down there," Cassie Smedile told Hill.TV while discussing Trump's decision to hold a rally in the Democratic-led state Monday tonight.

Smedile also emphasized that the president doesn't go anywhere "without the data informing that decision," adding that the president believes he's got a real shot in the state.

Smedile's comments come amid reports that Trump is rolling out a plan to flip New Mexico even though the state has leaned Democratic in recent years.

According to a report by Politico, the strategy is aimed at attracting Latino voters in the state. This includes targeting suburbs like Rio Rancho, which sits outside of Albuquerque, N.M.

President Trump is set to hold a rally in the state later on Monday, which marks his first campaign stop in the state since his victory in the 2016 presidential election.

Whether Trump can turn New Mexico red remains in doubt.

New Mexico has the highest Latino population in the country, and it has voted Democratic 6 of the last 7 presidential elections. 

Trump lost New Mexico to Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election by roughly 8 percentage points.

Meanwhile, New Mexico's governor is a Democrat as is its entire congressional delegation, consisting of two senators and three representatives.

-Tess Bonn