ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - A new Rasmussen poll out Thursday shows Democratic Congressman Martin Heinrich with a commanding 13 point lead over Republican former Congresswoman Heather Wilson, 52-39, in the race for New Mexico Senate.
In late August, the same poll had Heinrich leading Wilson 48-42.
The candidates are vying to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman.
But political observers said poll numbers can change quickly once the debate season starts.
"This is just a snapshot in time," said UNM Political Science Professor Gabe Sanchez. "This is just how voters in this particular poll thought about the election right now. Things can change within a week."
The candidates will spar on KRQE News 13 beginning at 6 p.m. in the first of four televised debates before election day. The debate will be different with no time limits and no traditional question-and-answer format. The candidates can take the time they want to challenge and defend their positions in an effort to reach out to voters statewide.
Stay with KRQE News 13 on-air and online for full debate highlights.
Today's top headlines with Matt Mauro and Elizabeth Alvarez. Weather with Meteorologist Kristen Van Dyke
* Car Roll Over
* Coors Water Main Break
* Deputy Crash
* Metro Snow
* Eastern Snow
* Stroll and Twinkle Light Parade
* New Mexico Road Conditions
* Northern Snow
* Roswell Snow
* APS School Snow
* New G.E.D. Rules
* New Info on APD Shooting
* Manny Aragon
Four and a half years after he went to prison, former state senate leader Manny Aragon is out.
A suspected meth kingpin the FBI thought might be hiding out in New Mexico has been captured.
The popular Capulin Snow Play Area near Sandia Peak will be closed for the second year in a row.
While the roads were looking clearer late Thursday afternoon in the Albuquerque area, they could get dangerous again as temperatures drop later in the evening.
New details were released Thursday in Albuquerque's latest police shooting.