September 19, 2018

NM Elections Roundup: Polls, ad wars and straight-ticket voting goes down

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The Albuquerque Journal released its first round of polling on some big races.

The short story: Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich leads by a lot in the U.S. Senate race (Gary Johnson is in third), while Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham leads Republican Steve Pearce by 7 percentage points in the race for governor.

The poll, conducted by Research and Polling, Inc., also looked at congressional races. Democrat Deb Haaland leads Janice Arnold-Jones by 8 percentage points in the race to replace Lujan Grisham in the 1st Congressional District, while Republican Yvette Herrell leads Democrat Xochitl Torres Small by 7 percentage points in the race to replace Steve Pearce.

The New York Times is also polling the 2nd Congressional District race. The poll  showed Torres Small with a one percentage point lead.

Times election writer Nate Cohn had one explanation for why the difference in results: It all comes down to the sample the two polls used.

  • Xochitl Torres-Small, meanwhile, was part of a fundraiser headlined by Hillary Clinton for first-time woman candidates.

    The New York City fundraiser, slated for Sept. 12, will benefit five women viewed as some of the most compelling congressional candidates in competitive races this fall: Lauren Underwood of Illinois, Gina Ortiz Jones of Texas, Liuba Grechen Shirley of New York, Haley Stevens of Michigan, and Xochitl Torres Small of New Mexico.

    The Republican Party of New Mexico said it showed Torres Small  is “a puppet for Nancy Pelosi and Washington, D.C. liberal elitists by attending a private, high-dollar fundraiser with Hillary Clinton yesterday evening.”

  • Andy Lyman spent some time with Martin Heinrich on the campaign, and hiking, trail.

    At least twice, unsuspecting hikers recognized the affable sportsman who has worked in Washington, D.C. since 2009. One family hiking towards the top of the trail passed  the Heinrich entourage on its way back to the trail head. As the two groups converged, one woman looked at Heinrich and asked, “Is it really you?
    “It’s really me,” Heinrich responded.

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