By Rob Nikolewski | Capitol Report New Mexico
“That’s the smell of money, son,” an engineer told me last week after I mentioned the pungent scent of gas that filled my nostrils as I drove through the town of Maljamar, smack dab in the middle of New Mexico’s Oil Patch.
The next day I was in Hobbs, the center of gravity in Lea County, covering presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s campaign stop.
Romney picked an appropriate spot to unveil his plan to make the United States and North America energy independent in less than eight years.
Lea County is a political anomaly in New Mexico. In a state where Democrats have a 48 percent to 32 percent edge among registered voters, Republicans in Lea County make up 50.3 percent, while Democrats lag behind at 31.5 percent.