Created: 05/26/2014 5:21 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, KOB Eyewitness News 4
A mysterious frontrunner has emerged in the race for governor and is on top of the polls in the primary campaign for the Democratic nomination. Let's put it this way: this candidate has never won an election, never held political office, has no known positions on the issues, and hasn't raised or spent any campaign money.
So meet the frontrunner – "Undecided" – running at the head of the pack in the Albuquerque Journal poll. "Undecided" has 29 percent of the Democratic vote, ahead of state Attorney General Gary King, who has 22 percent.
Longtime government administrator Lawrence Rael is tied with Santa Fe businessman Alan Webber at 16 percent each, while State Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City comes in with 11 percent and State Sen. Linda Lopez of Bernalillo County has five percent.
The popularity of "Undecided" means nearly one third of the party's voters haven't made their minds up yet – with early voting already under way and old-fashioned Election Day coming next Tuesday.
The winner of the democratic primary will face Republican Gov. Susana Martinez in the general election, and so far the Democratic candidates have managed to avoid the knock-down drag-out fights we've seen in some primary elections.
"I can't speak for the other campaigns," said Morales, attending Memorial Day ceremonies in Bernalillo Monday. "I know for myself, coming in, the ultimate goal was to make sure we can win in November to change the direction of the state, and that's going to continue to be the work that I do."
Meanwhile, King is on the TV airwaves with his first ad, mostly touting accomplishments as Attorney General.
What it all boils down to is that only about 25 percent of the state's registered Democrats are expected to vote in the primary.