Republican Susana Martinez (left) and Democrat Diane Denish.
Updated: Sunday, 31 Oct 2010, 6:35 PM MDT
Published : Sunday, 31 Oct 2010, 6:35 PM MDT
ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A recent poll shows republican candidate Susana Martinez has now past the 50% mark and is leading the governor’s race by 10-points but her democrat opponent, Diane Denish, said the polls have been wrong before.
The Albuquerque Journal released its third poll on Sunday showing Martinez leading again with 52%. Denish is trailing with 42%. According to the poll six percent of the people polled were undecided.
It’s enough evidence for political blogger Joe Monahan to say the race might be over.
“When you have a poll showing someone standing ten points ahead with election only hours away and with a lot of the respondents in this poll having voted, that's pretty accurate,” Monahan said.
Monahan said Denish's time with Governor Bill Richardson is one of the main reasons New Mexico democrats are voting for a republican this year.
He added that democrats, crossing party lines, are helping Martinez pull ahead in the polls.
The candidates are split on the issue.
“They had come out to hear us and convinced they wanted to vote republican even though they are democrat,” Martinez said.
“There are always some cross over in both parties, but that doesn't worry me democrats know who are going to fight for their families,” Denish said.
Denish said she's not sold on what political analysts say or poll numbers. She added that polls have been wrong before.
“Last year they had Harry Teague down by four points, he won by twelve,” Denish said.
Still, both candidates are working non-stop to Election Day and both agree only time will tell if the polls are right on.
“We'll know by the end of the day or tomorrow what our advantage is because you know why because we have hundreds of people out on the streets,” Denish said.
“We are working as hard as we can we're just not going to take anything for granted,” Martinez said.
The margin of error for the poll is plus or minus five percentage points.