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Bolstered by strong support among female voters and voters in the Albuquerque area, Democrat Maggie Toulouse Oliver has a comfortable lead over Republican rival Nora Espinoza in the race to become New Mexico’s next secretary of state, a new Journal Poll found.
The two are vying for the state’s third-highest office in the only non-judicial statewide race on this year’s ballot. The big-spending race – the candidates had combined to spend nearly $1 million as of the start of this month – is happening only because the state’s former secretary of state, Dianna Duran, resigned from office last year and pleaded guilty to misusing thousands of dollars in campaign funds to cover gambling debts.
Toulouse Oliver, the Bernalillo County clerk, had the support of 53 percent of likely voters surveyed in the poll, compared with 40 percent for Espinoza, a Roswell legislator. The remaining voters polled were either undecided about who they would vote for in the Nov. 8 election or would not say.
A Journal Poll conducted in late September had a similar margin – Toulouse Oliver led Espinoza 45 percent to 31 percent in that poll – but featured a larger percentage of undecided voters.