In an unusual three-way race, Democrat Martin Heinrich has grabbed a substantial lead in his bid for re-election to the U.S. Senate, placing him well ahead of two challengers, according to a Journal Poll.
His closest competitor was Republican Mick Rich, an Albuquerque contractor who has never held office before. In third place is former Gov. Gary Johnson, a Taos Libertarian well-known to New Mexico voters.
Heinrich had support from 47 percent of proven, likely voters in the telephone survey, conducted by Research & Polling Inc. Rich had support from 26 percent of those surveyed, and Johnson was at 16 percent.