NM-Sen: Tom Udall Continues to Look Great

Congressman Tom Udall, whom so many worked so diligently to try to draft to run for the Senate in New Mexico last year, has consistently looked great in head-to-head polling against either of his potential Republican opponents, Congressman Steve Pearce and Congresswoman Heather Wilson. The latest numbers on the race from Rasmussen Reports look little different.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in New Mexico shows that Democratic Congressman Tom Udall has widened his lead over potential Republican opponents in the race for the state's open U.S. Senate seat.

Udall now leads Republicans Steve Pearce 54% to 40% and Heather Wilson 56% to 36%.

Among voters not affiliated with either major political party, Udall has a twelve-point advantage over Pearce. Udall leads Wilson 52% to 33% in that category.

Last month, Udall had an eight-point lead over Pearce and a seven-point lead over Wilson.


In New Mexico, Udall is now viewed favorably by 62% and unfavorably by just 29%. Wilson's numbers are 53% favorable, 52% unfavorable. Pearce is viewed favorably by 49% and unfavorably by 40%.

It's really great to see this race sitting as the Democrats second best Senate pick-up opportunity (behind Virginia). Although it looked for a while as though Udall would not run and instead Marty Chavez, who is not well liked throughout the state and who is extremely centrist, would be the leading Democratic candidate in the race. But as a result of a strong push, both from the grassroots inside the state and the netroots in the state and around the country, Udall reconsidered his decision not to run, now putting this race in the leans Democratic category. And lest you think that support should be given to Udall just because he has a good shot at winning (which he does), go back and take a look at his interview on this site to see that he would really be a strong progressive voice in the Senate. Very exciting stuff.

More over at NMFBIHOP...

Tags: Draft Udall, New Mexico, NM-Sen, Senate 2008, Tom Udall (all tags)



Re: NM-Sen: Tom Udall Continues to Look Great

wilson's unfavorable's are much greater than pearces, why?  is it because her races have been closer, or is there something else?

by Doug Tuttle 2008-04-10 12:27PM | 0 recs
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There's something screwy about that.  Unless the favorable & unfavorable were separate questions (allowing people to answer "yes" to both), Wilson can't be at 53F / 52U.  Only in Chicago are the total votes allowed to add up to greater than the number of voters.

by NJIndependent 2008-04-10 12:33PM | 0 recs
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I'm thinking it's because Pearce isn't as well known in the state yet.  People just don't realize how crazy he is yet.

by fbihop 2008-04-10 01:03PM | 0 recs
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This is a good thing...here in CO we have another Udall. Yes he did vote against the Iraq Enable Resolution. Since then he has disappointed...however his Republican opponent will self destruct.
The real good news..here in CO...is that in 2010..Ken (Gang of 14)Salazar will not make it out of the Primary.
by nogo war 2008-04-10 12:54PM | 0 recs
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Interesting.  On simple generational Democratic trend nationally, NM predicts to be a 53% or so (±1%) win for the national Democratic candidate for President.  That number would probably be the split for an open US Senate seat too, and Udall is hitting it right on the nose.  The approval or favorables are great, though.

Colorado looks to be 50/50 in that prediction.  The Presidential race won't turn on it, but Udall's Senate ambitions do.  Turnout, turnout, turnout....

by killjoy 2008-04-10 02:09PM | 0 recs


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