Gubernatorial race heats up as race shows slim margin

Local Elections

A hotly contested race since day one, Democrats are pulling out all the stops to turn New Mexico blue.

After eight years of Susana Martinez, Republicans are trying to keep it red.

Currently, the latest polls show Michelle Lujan Grisham pulling ahead of Steve Pearce by a slim margin.

Residents can expect to see more election ads until Tuesday night.

The ads for the two gubernatorial candidates started right after the primary election, but the attack ads did not start until recently with both candidates hoping to do some last minute persuading.

KRQE News 13’s political expert Gabe Sanchez is predicting Michelle Lujan Grisham to win, but he says Pearce has the opportunity to pull out a win if he’s able to increase his base turnout down south and makes up for some of the deficits in Bernalillo County.

He adds that a recent Republican resurgence may help as well thanks to a visit from Vice President Mike Pence.

Both candidates agree New Mexico isn’t spending enough on public education.

If Lujan Grisham is elected, experts say to expect more money spent on pre-k education coming from the permanent fund.

While Pearce says he’ll look to the public education department to fund his proposals.

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