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Polls say Heinrich in lead for Senate seat, Roll Call shifts race to “lean Democratic”

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After a Rasmussen Reports poll last week showed Democrat Martin Heinrich with a 7-point lead on Republican Heather Wilson, the Capitol Hill publication Roll Call has moved the New Mexico race from “toss up” into the “leans Democratic” category.

“The New Mexico Senate race appears to be moving in Democrats’ direction,” Roll Call reported on Wednesday (Aug. 29).

The race is far from over and in the last fundraising cycle, Wilson had a slight lead on Heinrich so the Wilson camp has plenty of money to keep generating ads between now and Election Day. However, earlier this week, Politico reported that the National Republican Senatorial Committee is rolling back its investments in two battleground states, including New Mexico.

Politico cited a source saying the NRSC is canceling its ads in New Mexico “where Democrat Martin Heinrich appears to be pulling ahead of Republican Heather Wilson” in part — according to the source — because it wants to spend more money on a GOP candidate in a tighter than expected Senate race in North Dakota.

The Wilson-Heinrich race has been a bitter one, with outside groups (such as the US Chamber of Commerce on the right and the Sierra Club on the left) putting out negative ads and the Heinrich and Wilson campaigns issuing news releases on a daily basis blasting one another.

Last week Wilson helped introduce Mitt Romney when he made a campaign stop in Hobbs. We caught up with Wilson and asked her if the negative ads might be turning off voters on both sides:

 

Hat tip to Matt Reichbach for pointing out the Roll Call story.

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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.

  • WILLIAM HILBERT

    Interesting. Heinrich is not good for New Mexico. He has voted for all that a good American is against. Someone who sleeps in his office is not one that I would respect.