Vice President Kamala Harris speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on May 17. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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SANTA FE — Vice President Kamala Harris plans to travel to Albuquerque next week to join Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham for a conversation on abortion rights.

The visit is set for Tuesday, just two weeks before Election Day.

Harris will participate “in a moderated conversation on protecting reproductive rights,” according to the White House, and later deliver remarks at a private campaign fundraiser for Lujan Grisham. The governor will be at both events.

Harris, a Democrat and the first woman to serve as vice president, officiated Lujan Grisham’s wedding earlier this year in Washington, D.C.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Mark Ronchetti has also appeared with national figures this year, including former Vice President Mike Pence, who visited Roswell earlier this month.

Three GOP governors — Doug Ducey of Arizona, Ron DeSantis of Florida and Glenn Youngkin of Virginia — have joined Ronchetti on the campaign trail, too.

Abortion has emerged as a prominent issue in this year’s gubernatorial race, with Lujan Grisham touting her push to repeal a long-dormant state abortion ban. The repeal effort was approved in 2021 — about a year before the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision.

With some states, including Texas, having subsequently enacted abortion bans, New Mexico has seen an uptick in out-of-state residents traveling here to seek abortion services.

Ronchetti has proposed banning abortion after 15 weeks, with exceptions for cases of rape, incest and when a mother’s life is at risk.

Joe Biden made his first presidential visit to New Mexico in June for a briefing on the massive wildfires tearing through the state.