Wilson releases internal campaign poll for U.S. Senate race
Posted at: 09/18/2012 5:42 PM
By: Stuart Dyson, Eyewitness News 4
Heather Wilson (R)
New Mexico's U.S. Senate race may be tightening up, with new ads sizzling on the TV airwaves.
Rarely do candidates release their own internal campaign polling when the numbers show them running behind, but that's exactly what Republican Heather Wilson is doing in her race against Democrat Martin Heinrich.
Wilson has been trailing Heinrich is every poll in this race - down by nine points in last week's Public Policy Polling survey commissioned by pro-Heinrich environmental groups, and down by seven points in the Albuquerque Journal poll two weeks ago. Her own just-released polling shows her trailing Heinrich by five points. " Closing the gap," her campaign staff calls it. "Within striking distance."
Heinrich's camp says "it's a bad day" when you're bragging that you are five points down and you are calling that a "comeback".
Meanwhile the air war continues.
"When I was a junior in high school they opened the Air Force Academy to women," Wilson recalls in her latest TV ad that looks back to her pioneering days at the Air Force Academy, with some emotion rarely displayed in public.
"I became the first person in my family to go to college," Wilson says, choking up a little on-camera. "It was a very big deal."
"Fourteen years ago Heather Wilson went to Washington," trumpets Heinrich's new ad, a negative attack on Wilson's ten year voting record in the U.S. House of Representatives. "She voted herself six pay raises, voted to protect companies that send jobs overseas, voted to give tax breaks to Wall Street."
So Wilson accentuates the positive, while Heinrich plays a concerto in be-negative, clearly not taking his lead for granted. This race, written off by many observers, is not over. Just ask Wilson and Heinrich.