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Republican Gov. Susana Martinez has maintained a significant lead over Democratic challenger Gary King with just over a week to go before Election Day, a new Journal Poll found.
Fifty-three percent of likely voters said they would vote, or already had voted, for Martinez, who is seeking a second term. Thirty-eight percent said they would back the two-term attorney general in the New Mexico race for governor. Nine percent of voters were undecided. Absentee voting for the Nov. 4 election began Oct. 7.
Martinez’s 15 percentage point advantage in the final Journal Poll on the contest indicated that, for King to pull out a victory, he would have to win all of the undecided voters while also persuading a share of Martinez’s supporters to abandon her, said Journal pollster Brian Sanderoff, president of Research & Polling Inc.
“As we move closer to the election, we find that the governor continues to maintain a very comfortable lead in the race,” Sanderoff said. “We’re less than two weeks out from the election and Gary King is still below 40 percent, despite the Democratic Party’s 47 percent share of statewide voter registration.”