TO: INTERESTED PARTIESFROM: NICOLE McCLESKEYRE: THE 2010 NEW MEXICO GENERAL ELECTION FOR GOVERNORDATE: JUNE 2, 2010 While encouraged by the strength of the Susana Martinez primary electionvictory, we recognize the challenges ahead in the general election. LieutenantGovernor Diane Denish is an entrenched incumbent with powerful allies and alarge war chest. But, this election presents a very solid opportunity for aRepublican candidate like Susana Martinez to emerge.
The Political Environment
This is a very difficult political environment for Bill Richardson’s “good, loyalsoldier,” Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish.# In a statewide survey of 500 likely general election voters conducted byPublic OpinionStrategies (POS) in late January 2010, 61% of voters believe the state hasgotten off on thewrong track.
This includes two-thirds of Independent voters (66%) and even59% of soft Democratswho are dissatisfied with the direction the state is headed. # In a recently released Rasmussen survey conducted among 500 likely voters,57% of voters disapprove of the job Bill Richardson is doing.2# Voters are in the mood for change this election. From the January POSsurvey, just 33% of