SANTA FE – Michelle Lujan Grisham held a commanding edge over her two Democratic rivals in the primary contest to determine the party’s 2018 nominee for New Mexico governor, a new Journal Poll found.
Fifty-seven percent of proven Democratic voters surveyed last week said they would vote – or had already voted – for Lujan Grisham, a former state Cabinet secretary who is giving up her Albuquerque-area congressional seat to run for governor.
Former Albuquerque media executive Jeff Apodaca trailed Lujan Grisham, with the support of 15 percent of voters surveyed, while 9 percent said they would vote for state Sen. Joseph Cervantes of Las Cruces. The remaining 19 percent of voters were undecided or would not say for whom they planned to vote.
“I think Michelle Lujan Grisham got a really early start in the gubernatorial campaign, and it’s paying off,” said Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling Inc., which conducted the survey.