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SANTA FE – Political newcomer Garrett VeneKlasen has emerged as the front-runner in a tight three-way race for the Democratic nomination for New Mexico land commissioner, according to a new Journal Poll.
The poll also showed state Sen. Howie Morales of Silver City leading in the race for lieutenant governor, and Albuquerque attorney Brian Colón ahead in the Democratic race for state auditor.
VeneKlasen, executive director of the New Mexico Wildlife Federation, led the field for land commission, with support from 25 percent of likely voters in the Democratic primary, according to the scientific survey by Research & Polling Inc.
Two state lawmakers were close behind. Rep. Stephanie Garcia Richard of White Rock had support from 22 percent of likely voters, and Sen. George Muñoz of Gallup was at 20 percent.