Now onto the meh news regarding Governor Susan Martinez (R. NM):Tom Udall was elected by 22 points in 2008, and he starts out with leads in the 20-22 point range against both of his potential GOP opponents for this fall. He's up 53/33 on Allen Weh, and 55/33 on David Clements. Udall sports a 52/33 approval rating, which puts him in the 80th percentile for popularity of all the Senators we've polled on nationally. His large leads are a product of mostly holding onto the Democratic base while leading by double digits with independents and also getting around 20% of the Republican vote across party lines. - PPP, 3/25/14
You can read the full results here:Martinez was elected Governor 53-47 in 2010, and we find her leading challenger Gary King 47-42. Martinez has a 52/40 approval rating, largely consistent with where we've found her since she took office. She overcomes the strong Democratic advantage in the state by winning independents almost 2:1 at 53/27, and getting 24% crossover support from Democrats.
Martinez has wider leads over all the rest of the Democrats in the race. It's 11 points over Lawrence Rael at 47/36, 14 points over Howie Morales and Linda Lopez at 48/34 and 50/36 respectively, and 16 points over Alan Webber at 48/32.King starts out as the pretty strong favorite to be the Democratic nominee though. He leads the primary field by over 20 points, getting 34% right now to 15% for Morales, 13% for Lopez, 7% for Rael, and 5% for Webber. The race isn't over by any means- 27% of voters remain undecided- but it's a pretty substantial early advantage. - PPP, 3/25/14
I figured both Udall and Martinez were heavily favored to win but King isn't that far behind. Still, Karl Rove and the Koch Brothers plan on going after Udall and anything could happen between now and November regarding the Governor's race. If you would like to donate or get involved with Udall and King's campaigns, you can do so here: