October 30, 2017

Poll: Lujan Grisham with huge lead in Democratic primary

A new poll shows Michelle Lujan Grisham has a strong lead in the Democratic gubernatorial primary.

The poll by The Majority Institute (TMI) found that 75 percent of likely Democratic primary voters support Lujan Grisham, lapping the field. Ten percent support Jeff Apodaca, three percent Joe Cervantes and two percent Peter DeBenedittis.

According to the poll ten percent of likely Democratic primary voters are undecided.

Rick Palacio, a managing partner with TMI, said the poll was not paid or conducted for by any candidate or committee “but was part of a larger research project.”

“We regularly conduct research on a variety of topics nationally and in various states throughout the country,” Palacio said in an email to NM Political Report.

The poll was conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and was commissioned by TMI. The organization was formerly known as Project New America.

TMI is based in Denver and aids progressive candidates and organizations with polls and other campaign information.

Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research is a prominent Democratic pollster. Lujan Grisham was a past client during her campaign for the 1st Congressional District in the Albuquerque area. Lujan Grisham has held that seat since 2013 and will not run for reelection. The pollster also did work for Martin Heinrich’s congressional runs, Senator Tom Udall, former U.S. Senator Jeff Bingaman, former Gov. Bill Richardson and former Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.

So far, U.S. Rep. Steve Pearce is the only Republican candidate for governor.

The poll surveyed 446 likely Democratic primary election voters on both cell phones and landlines between Oct. 12 and 18 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.6 percentage points.