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Lujan Grisham widens lead over Pearce in new poll

BRITTANY COSTELLO
June 26, 2018 07:11 AM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - A new poll shows the gap appears to be widening between Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham and Republican Steve Pearce in the race for New Mexico governor.

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The new Survey USA/KOB poll has Lujan Grisham leading Pearce by 13 percent.

The poll has Lujan Grisham with 51 percent, Republican Steve Pearce with 38 percent, Libertarian Bob Walsh with three percent and eight percent of voters undecided. There is a five percent margin of error.

“This is very early. This is June so there’s a lot of time for these polls to change,” said Lonna Atkeson, a UNM political science professor. “People haven’t been introduced to the candidates really they have not been, not in a competitive context just in the primaries in their own competitive contests.”

Atkeson said even though it is still early, early polls provide a lot of insight.

“Those kinds of polls are indicators to people with money and the political parties where they should put their resources,” said Atkeson.

This poll widened the gap between Pearce and Lujan Grisham, who were just eight percentage points apart in a Carroll poll released in mid-June.

A Pearce campaign pollster, B.J. Martino, Partner at the Tarrance Group, sent KOB a statement about the poll:

"This poll projects a likely electorate significantly larger than even a presidential election, and almost double the turnout of the last gubernatorial election. we do not believe that is a real possibility."

Michelle Lujan Grisham did not respond to request for comment. However, after the Carroll poll was released, she said, "there is still a lot of work to be done before Election Day."

The  Republican Party of New Mexico released this statement:

"Robo-dial polls are the very definition of fake news. In NewMexico, if you are not calling cell phones you are discriminating against rural areas, Hispanics and young people. With the election months out, Michelle Lujan Grisham continues to demonstrate that she is not interested in bringing forth bipartisan solutions for New Mexicans, but is more interested in photo ops and divisiveness. Polls will come and go over the next several months, but Steve Pearce will continue to work hard to share his positive vision for the Land of Enchantment, while Michelle Lujan Grisham continues to play partisan games." 

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