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Poll: Heather Wilson opens big lead on Greg Sowards

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Heather Wilson

Now that the Republican primary for the US Senate is a two-person race, an internal poll released Monday (Feb. 27) says Heather Wilson has a 71-point lead on Las Cruces businessman Greg Sowards.

The survey was conducted by Public Opinion Strategies Feb. 13-15 of 500 likely Republican primary voters and had a 4.4-point margin of error and reports that Wilson leads Sowards 81-10.

According to a story posted by the Washington DC-based publication Roll Call, the former congresswoman had:

similarly wide leads among the 46 percent of primary voters who self-identified as both “strong Republicans” and “very conservative,” and she led 76 percent to 11 percent among tea party supporters. Wilson had a 98 percent name identification to just 30 percent for Sowards.

Greg Sowards, Republican candidate for US Senate, 1/9/12

Sowards is running to Wilson’s right and has told audiences in appearances that Wilson is “a convenient conservative.”

The state GOP hosts its pre-primary convention on March 17 and one week later, Wilson and Sowards are scheduled to meet in a debate sponsored by the Albuquerque Tea Party.

The primary is set for June 5.

According to the Roll Call story, Wilson raised $375,000 last quarter and has more than $1 million in the bank at the end of 2011. Sowards has loaned his campaign more than $1 million and had $636,000 in cash on hand.

Earlier this month, Lt. Governor John Sanchez pulled out of the Republican race for the Senate seat currently held by Jeff Bingaman, who is retiring.

The winner of the Wilson-Sowards race will take on the winner of the Democratic primary between Martin Heinrich and Hector Balderas.


Since 2010, Rob Nikolewski has covered New Mexico politics and investigated fraud, waste and abuse in government. He also writes an opinion column in the Sunday editions of the Santa Fe New Mexican. Rob joined New Mexico Watchdog after 20 years in television as a sports anchor and reporter. He anchored at MSNBC, New York City, Boston, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, Reno and Boise, winning three regional Emmy awards along the way. He holds a master's degree in journalism from Northwestern University, a master's in public administration from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs and a bachelor's degree in journalism from Trinity University in San Antonio.

  • rus

    The sad reality is that candidates like Greg Sowers move reasoned conservatism to the nasty extremes of all I criticize on the radical left. Over and again, Tea Party candidates throughout the nation have failed a basic test of civility–and for that they offer nothing to an already strained dialogue in political circles.


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