Obama Reaches Out to Women in Albuquerque

Also see my write-up at the New Mexico Independent and crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP.

Barack Obama visited the Flying Star on Broadway in Albuquerque today to speak to working women.  I was lucky enough to get a press credential be allowed to cover the event.

And I got some really good pictures of the event.  Click on any of the pictures to get a larger-sized image.

Obama is a powerful speaker, and he clearly cares about women's issues.  He has two daughters and told the group of about 30 women that some of the biggest influences in his life were working women.

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How New Mexico Shapes the Off-Shore Drilling Debate

Note: Daily Kos diarist Environmentalist had a great guest post at Democracy for New Mexico on this subject.  Also a recced diary at Kos.

This is crossposted at New Mexico FBIHOP.

You may wonder what New Mexico, as landlocked as any state, has to do with off-shore drilling.  Let's just say isn't much threat of oil platforms dotting the landscape of Tingley Beach.

But with Pete Domenici as the ranking member on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and Jeff Bingaman as the chairman of that same committee, New Mexico holds some significant sway in any energy policy discussion.  Add in the fact that our governor, Bill Richardson, is a former Secretary of Energy under Bill Clinton and we have even more clout in energy policy discussions.  

Read more about it below.

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New Mexico Primaries By the Numbers

A version of this appears at New Mexico FBIHOP and Daily Kos

New Mexico had our primaries on Tuesday.  Everything but the Democratic Presidential primaries were on the ballot.  Three open house seats, an open senate seat and the Republican Presidential race.  

Not to mention every single state House and Senate race.  It was a pretty good day, warm, no wind, and a lot of people heading out to their local school or library to vote.

Oddly enough, for New Mexico, we know the winners of every single race already.  We're used to having our elections then waiting for a couple of days before readying ourselves to announce tot he world just who won.  There were some extremely close races, and some blowouts.

The great news?  Progressives in the house and senate races ousted DINOs in three seats.

While the only numbers that officially matter are who received how many votes in each race, there were some other interesting numbers that came out of the Tuesday election.  Let's do this in a "By the numbers" style.

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New Mexico: Obama 50% McCain 41%

Jesus Christ! Obama is trouncing McCain in New Mexico big time.
New Mexico will be solid for Obama in the GE.

''The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of New Mexico voters shows Barack Obama attracting 50% of the vote while John McCain earns 41%.''

A month ago, Obama had a three-point advantage in the state. In February, McCain and Obama were tied. Polling in the state's U.S. Senate race also provides good news for the Democrats. Nationally, the race between McCain and Obama remains competitive in the Rasmussen Reports Presidential Tracking Poll.

http://rasmussenreports.com/public_conte nt/politics/election_20082/2008_presiden tial_election/new_mexico/election_2008_n ew_mexico_presidential_election

See the New Mexico map turning a stronger shade of blue at www.fivethirtyeight.com/

Prehaps, Obama won't need Richardson as his VP to gain the West, after all.

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NM-Sen: Tom Udall Up 25 Points on Either GOP Competitor

For those 138 people who contributed nearly $5,000 in the fall to draft Tom Udall to run for the United States Senate in New Mexico should feel good that their investment is paying off. Take a look at these numbers from SurveyUSA:

General Election: Democrat Udall Beats Either Republican and Flips Domenici's Seat From Red to Blue: In a hypothetical General Election for U.S. Senator from New Mexico today, 25 weeks to the vote, Democrat Tom Udall defeats either Republican Pearce or Republican Wilson by a nearly identical margin. Today, against Pearce, Udall wins 60% to 36%. Against Wilson, Udall wins 61% to 35%. Udall leads among both men and women, young and old, white and Hispanic, regardless of opponent. 1 in 4 Republicans cross over and vote Democrat; 1 in 10 Democrats cross over to vote Republican.

It's never a good thing to count ones chickens before they have hatched. There's still a long time between now and November, and anything can happen. Moreover, there's a lot of work to do. Yet it's very clear that Udall is as strong a candidate for the Senate as anyone could hope for from New Mexico, leading two established incumbent members of Congress by remarkably wide margins. What's more, Udall is a solid progressive who would be an important voice for change in the upper chamber of Congress is elected. If you want to help ensure that we get more and better Udalls in the Senate this year, head over to Act Blue today and make your voice heard.

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