Odds and Ends: Martinez off to campaign for Rubio

—Gov. Susana Martinez is hitting the presidential campaign trail. She will be campaigning with Marco Rubio in Jacksonville this Saturday, a day after going to Kansas. Martinez, of course, endorsed Rubio on Thursday. Kansas holds caucuses on Saturday, while Florida has primaries on March 15. Early voting begins Saturday, though hundreds of thousands have already cast ballots by mail in the Sunshine State.

Martinez endorses Rubio

Gov. Susana Martinez is getting off of the sideline and will endorse Florida Senator Marco Rubio for the Republican nomination. Politico first reported the news and reported that Martinez will go on the campaign trail for Rubio in Kansas and Florida this week. The conventional wisdom is that Rubio, who is currently in third place in delegates in the Republican race, must win Florida to have any chance at winning the nomination. Rubio has won just one of the fifteen states that have held caucuses or primaries so far. “Marco Rubio is a compelling leader who can unite the country around conservative principles that will improve the lives of all Americans,” she said in a statement according to the Washington D.C. website.

Odds and Ends: Luján endorses Clinton, no Martinez endorsement yet

—All of New Mexico’s congressional Democrats are on Team Hillary. Ben Ray Luján, the last holdout, announced his support for Hillary Clinton. Luján said in a statement that the former Secretary of State “embodies New Mexico values.”

“She puts people first and will roll up her sleeves to change their lives for the better,” he added. “Her record of advocating on behalf of women, children and families, investing in science and supporting our national labs, and fighting to protect our land, water and air will make a real difference in New Mexico and across the country.”

Luján is also the chair of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, giving him an increased national profile among Democrats. —Speaking of endorsements, you may have heard that New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie endorsed Donald Trump (yes, each word is a link to a different news story on the event).

Poll: Cruz, Trump neck and neck, Rubio behind

A poll shows Ted Cruz holds the narrowest of leads over Donald Trump among Republicans in New Mexico, with Rubio the only other candidate in double-digits. The poll conducted by Research & Polling for the Albuquerque Journal found Cruz has support of 25 percent, Trump with 24 percent, Rubio with 19 percent and other candidates below ten percent among likely voters. New Mexico’s primary elections take place in early June, likely long after a candidate will have won the primary for both Democrats and Republicans. The three candidates leading in New Mexico are also the top three candidates among national Republicans in public polling. Because of the late primary date, New Mexico has seen just about no campaigning from presidential campaigns.

Udall, Heinrich: Senate should vote on Obama’s Scalia replacement

Both U.S. Senators from New Mexico expressed condolences over the death of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, while saying that President Barack Obama should nominate a replacement. Scalia died in Texas on Saturday, and the focus almost immediately turned to who would be the conservative justice’s replacement. Many conservatives, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, said that Obama should not nominate a replacement because he is nearing the end of his second term. Obama will be in office until Jan. 20, 2017, more than 11 months from now.

Hispanic Chamber wants Susana for VP

The United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce wants Republicans to put Susana Martinez on the presidential ticket this fall. The organization made the announcement on Friday, just days before the Iowa caucuses, which kick off the road to the presidential nomination. Right now, the frontrunner for Republicans is businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump. Trump kicked off his campaign by angering Hispanics with his comments about Mexicans. “When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best.

Rubio raises possibility of VP Martinez

Gov. Susana Martinez is once again receiving attention for a possible national political positions. Republican Presidential candidate and Florida Senator Marco Rubio spoke in South Carolina about those he thought would be good choices for a running mate on a presidential ticket and mentioned Martinez by name. From Reuters:
Rubio said the good news is Republicans have a deep talent pool from which to pick a vice presidential running mate. One name that he mentioned in particular: the governor of New Mexico, Susana Martinez. Rubio said a VP choice “has to be someone who is ready to be president” and “someone you can work with.”

High profile NM Dems support Clinton

Hillary Clinton launched her presidential bid on Sunday, ending one of the worst-kept secrets in American politics. As Clinton launches her campaign, she is a significant favorite to take the Democratic nomination that she lost to Barack Obama in 2008. One reason why, FiveThirtyEight explained, is endorsements. Clinton has pretty much already won the endorsement primary, the all-important pre-voting race to lock up party establishment support.2 Last time she ran for president, Clinton lost the endorsement primary. By this point in the 2008 campaign, she had only one senator endorse her publicly.