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Poll shows Keller leading Lewis in runoff election

Chris Ramirez
October 05, 2017 10:18 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Tim Keller and Dan Lewis will square off for mayor in the Albuquerque runoff election. With the candidates narrowed down from to two, the big question is now: who would win? Polling data from this week offers a snapshot of what Albuquerque voters are thinking right now.

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One day after Tuesday's municipal election, Carroll Strategies asked by phone "If the election were held today, for whom would you vote for Mayor of Albuquerque?" The poll shows Lewis has his work cut out for him, sitting 13 points behind Keller. Here's the breakdown:

  • 49.2 percent said Keller.
  • 36.4 percent said Lewis.
  • 14.4 percent were undecided or didn't know

"What's kind of surprising is that he's knocking on the door of 50 percent, which is what he needs to win -- 50 percent plus one," said Tom Carroll, president of Carroll Strategies. "That's a little unusual to see one candidate so close to victory."

Crime is the biggest issue facing Albuquerque. When asked who would be best to handle Albuquerque's crime problem, 47 percent said Keller while 35.2 percent said Lewis and 17.9 percent were undecided.

When asked who would be best to handle Albuquerque economy, 48.8 percent said Keller, 35.4 percent said Lewis and 15.9 were undecided or didn't know.

"Dan has to let people know that on the key issues, crime, taxes, jobs, the economy, that he is the better candidate," Carroll said. "If he does that, he a chance to make up the ground. If he doesn't, Keller will sail to victory."

Carrol Strategies asked whether the new mayor should cancel the Albuquerque Rapid Transit project on Central. Nearly a third said yes, nearly half said it needs to be completed, and nearly 18 percent said they did not know.

"In the polls we have done in the past, we have seen opposition to ART again and again as it moved through the process," Carroll said. "But now it flipped and by 49 to 32, people are saying let's finish the project."

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