Just a couple weeks after a number of polls — including one from Rasmussen Reports — showed Barack Obama with a 14-point lead in New Mexico, the Albuquerque Journal released a poll Sunday morning (Sept. 9) showing that Republican nominee Mitt Romney is within 5 points of the lead and that former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson had 7 percent support.
“Most pundits categorized New Mexico as ‘lean Democrat,’ but we might be moving back to battleground status,” Journal pollster Brian Sanderoff was quoted saying in the Sunday edition of the newspaper.
The poll talked to 667 New Mexico voters who said they plan to vote in the general election. They were interviewed by cell phones and landlines between Sept. 3-6. The margin of error in the poll is plus or minus 3.8 percent. Research and Polling Inc., of which Sanderoff is president, conducted the survey.
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One of the intriguing things about the poll is the Johnson candidacy. In the poll, he hurt Obama as well as Romney, taking 6 percent of those who called themselves Democrats and 7 percent of Republicans in the state. Johnson garnered 12 percent of the vote from Independents. But expect both parties to urge their followers who are leaning toward voting for Johnson to reject him, as his numbers could well be greater than the margin of difference between Romney and Obama in New Mexico.
In the hotly contested race for the US Senate between Democrat Martin Heinrich and Republican Heather Wilson, the Journal poll shows Heinrich up 49-42, which tracks a number of other polls conducted in recent weeks.
Click here to read the Journal story and see the results of the poll. (Sorry, subscription required to read the details).