KRQE Political Analyst weighs in on poll results ahead of U.S. Senate candidate debate

Local Elections

On Friday night, the three candidates vying for the U.S. Senate seat to represent New Mexico will go head-to-head for a final debate.
The seat they’re fighting for is not only being watched by New Mexicans as the nation will be watching as Democrats push for more seats and Republicans hope to keep their majority.

In our KRQE poll, we also asked voters who they’ve picked for the U.S. Senate seat: Democratic incumbent Martin Heinrich, Republican contractor Mick Rich, or Libertarian and New Mexico’s former Governor Gary Johnson.
We asked if the election for U.S. Senate were held today, who would you vote for?
Heinrich came in with 40%. While Rich is in second with 28%. Johnson is close behind with 22%.
However, 11% said they’re still undecided.

Our political expert says this race could be closer than we think.

“If it really was a Heinrich versus Johnson race. Heinrich might actually be in trouble. I think it’s only the fact that you’re splitting the vote that we’re not talking about a more razor-thin margin of victory for him leading the election,” Gabe Sanchez,  UNM Political Science Professor.
Friday night, KRQE will give all three candidates a chance to get their platforms out to the voters to ask the tough questions, including healthcare reform.
KRQE will also ask how they would tackle the issue of crime and the hot topic of immigration.

New Mexico recently found itself at the center of the crisis at the border, when hundreds of migrant children were separated from their families.

The debate for U.S. Senate seat for District 1 will be held Friday on My50TV starting at 6 p.m.

View the debate online on the KRQE Livestream and join the conversation by using #KRQEDebate

View: New Mexico 2018 Election Coverage >>

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