New Mexicans rank issues next US senator needs to address

Local Elections

The three candidates vying for the US Senate in New Mexico will face off in a Live KRQE News 13 debate Friday night. Before they go at it, News 13 took our own poll on what New Mexicans believe are the most important issues facing the state in Washington D.C.

“Down the stretch here, really aiming at that few number of people really out there at this point that haven’t already made their mind on who to vote for,” said UNM political science professor Gabe Sanchez.

The race for the United States Senate seat could be an interesting finish according to Sanchez.

Republican Mick Rich, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Democrat incumbent Martin Heinrich will try to get the vote for that seat.

“It’s really a question of who among those candidates can separate themselves,” said Sanchez.

News 13 took a poll to see what New Mexicans think are the most important issues the next senator needs to address. Out of 400 voters, nearly 30 percent think lowering the costs of healthcare is the most important issue in our community.

“I was a little surprised at how high the number was in terms of healthcare and particularly in terms of the cost of health care,” said Sanchez.

Sanchez said when you think about New Mexico and the cost of health care, it’s a bit higher perception-wise because of the state’s high poverty rates.

“A lot of New Mexicans are basically saying, where is the affordability in the Affordable Care Act,” questioned Sanchez. “And so I think you’re seeing a lot of folks essentially looking at their day to day health care cost and saying look that’s a problem.”

The tie for second place with 19 percent: stopping President Trump and the Republican agenda and crime and public safety.

What the next potential senator should not focus on as much, according to New Mexicans, is creating more affordable housing and putting an end to racist comments about Latinos.

Click here for the full results of the poll.

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