Less than two weeks out from Election Day, a new KRQE News 13 poll shows who may have the lead in the governor’s race.
Over the last week, through a professional market research firm, KRQE News 13 asked 400 likely-voters in New Mexico to weigh-in through an online survey.
Out of the voters polled, data shows Democrat Michelle Lujan Grisham with a nine-point edge over Republican opponent Steve Pearce.
However, the poll also showed there’s still a significant number of undecided voters in the governor’s race.
KRQE News 13 Political Analyst Gabe Sanchez reviewed and reacted to the poll results Thursday.
“Does Pearce have a chance? Yes, he does, but he’s running out of time to make up ground like that,” said Sanchez.
The poll was conducted from a web-survey of 400 likely New Mexican voters between October 17 and 25, with a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percent.
Results showed 48 percent of voters said they will vote for Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham and 39 percent of voters said they’ll vote for Congressman Steve Pearce. Meanwhile, 13 percent of voters said they were still “undecided.”
“I think she’s got a pretty comfortable lead and I think unless she makes a major blunder, she’s probably going to end up our governor based on these numbers,” said Sanchez.
Of the undecided voters, when asked if Election Day were today, 55 percent of the undecided voters said they’d pick Lujan Grisham, while 45 percent of the undecided voters said they’d pick Pearce.
In a heated mid-term election, Sanchez says there are signs the governor’s race is still a toss up
“The fact that we’re talking about single digits, she’s got a comfortable lead, but probably not as comfortable as she wishes she would have had at this point in the race,” said Sanchez.
With poll results indicating that Pearce may be trailing, Sanchez says he thinks Pearce will need a surge in order to close the gap.
“Particularly in this region of the country down south, he’s got to get that enthusiasm up and really, expect to see a huge push from him there,” said Sanchez.
Pearce is drawing the support from Vice President Mike Pence on Friday with a planned rally in Roswell. Meanwhile, Lujan Grisham will be in northern New Mexico on Friday for a rally in Mora.
KRQE News 13 also polled that same group of likely voters about the U.S. Senate race between Democrat Martin Heinrich, Republican Mick Rich, and Libertarian Gary Johnson. KRQE News 13 will have the poll results for that race starting Friday morning on KRQE News 13 This Morning from 4:30 to 7 a.m.