Republican Susana Martinez
leads Democrat Diane Denish
by 45 percent to 36 percent, with 16 percent undecided, in the race to fill the seat of New Mexico Democratic Gov. Bill Richardson, according to an Albuquerque Journal poll published Sunday. (There's no link for the poll because it is accessible only to subscribers of the newspaper's site).
Martinez, the district attorney for the area covering Dona Ana County, built the lead by attracting 1 in 5 Democratic votes and 1 in 4 Hispanic voters.
Pollster Brian Sanderoff told the Journal that the challenges before Denish, the state's lieutenant governor, include the restive mood of voters in this election year plus Martinez's effort to tie Denish to Richardson and his administration.
A Rasmussen Reports poll
conducted Aug. 24 had Martinez ahead by 48 percent to 43 percent, with the balance preferring some other candidate or undecided. The margin of error was 4.5 points.
Read Jill Lawrence's Denish vs. Martinez for New Mexico Governor: A Rare 2-Woman Race
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