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New Mexico: Internal Polls Illustrate Tight Race for Democratic Nod

Two new internal polls in New Mexico’s 1st district illustrate how tight the battle for the Democratic nomination is with just two weeks to go.

Former Albuquerque Mayor Marty Chavez, state Sen. Eric Griego and Bernalillo County Commissioner Michelle Lujan Grisham are running in the June 5 Democratic primary. The winner will be favored to hold the Albuquerque-based seat, which Rep. Martin Heinrich (D) is vacating to run for Senate.

A poll conducted for the Griego campaign and obtained by Roll Call found the state Senator pulling ahead with 35 percent, followed by Lujan Grisham with 30 percent and Chavez with 28 percent. GBA Strategies conducted the survey of 400 likely primary voters from May 15-16, and it had a 4.9 point margin of error.

An internal poll conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner for the Lujan Grisham campaign found Lujan Grisham and Griego with 35 percent each, followed by Chavez with 23 percent. The survey of 402 likely primary voters was conducted May 17-20 and had 4.9 point margin of error.

Both campaigns used the same pollsters in late February. Chavez had the early lead in both polls at that time.

“Eric Griego is leading the field and has the momentum as we enter the final stretch of the race for New Mexico’s 1st district because New Mexicans support his unwavering commitment to protect Social Security and Medicare, hold Wall Street bankers accountable and fight for core Democratic values,” Griego campaign manager Ed Yoon said in a statement.

“Michelle has reached out to voters who are impressed with her record of getting things done and know she understands what working families need,” Lujan Grisham campaign manager Dominic Gabello said in a statement.

“We feel very good about where we’re at,” Chavez campaign manager Alan Packman told Roll Call. “We’ve got a great turnout operation, Marty’s out meeting with voters and getting great reception both in person and on the phones. And we’re confident.”

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