NM Sen. - New Polling Numbers
Survey USA released the results of a poll yesterday that shows Democratic Congressman Tom Udall crushing his primary opponent, Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez, 62% to 32% in the race to succeed Pete Domenici.
In a Democratic Primary for U.S. Senator from New Mexico today, 180 days until early voting begins, Democrat Tom Udall defeats Democrat Martin Chavez, according to a SurveyUSA poll conducted exclusively for KOB-TV. Udall, U.S. Representative from NM's 3rd Congressional District, gets 62% today. Chavez, Mayor of Albuquerque, gets 32% today. Chavez and Udall tie among New Mexico's Hispanic Democrats, but Udall leads by 54 points among white Democrats. Chavez runs strong among the youngest voters, but Udall leads by more than 2:1 among voters age 50 and older.
And with a lack of the kind of progressive credentials and record that Tom Udall has, Mayor Marty has taken to the only tactic that those who are 30 points behind engage in: throwing mud. As someone who has worked in the political world for a while now, it's my impression that wrestling in the mud can work if the race is a close one, but when you're 30 points behind it smacks of desperation and turns off voters.
It's also worth mentioning that in the SurveyUSA poll, Tom Udall defeats both Republicans, while Mayor Marty loses to one and is tied with the other. So if you're looking for a positive progressive who can win in New Mexico, go toss some spare change Tom Udall's way.
Full disclosure: I've offered my support and assistance as a volunteer to the Udall campaign, though none of what I write is authorized or approved by the campaign.
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