President Obama leads a new poll of New Mexico commissioned by the Albuquerque Journal, 45 percent to Republican nominee Mitt Romney's 40 percent. Former New Mexico Gov. and current Libertarian Party nominee Gary Johnson gets 7 percent in the poll. The president sees big support among Latinos, a key voting bloc in the state, getting 56 percent to Romney's 26. From the Journal:
“When we look at the other polls that have come out over the last number of months, this race seems to be narrowing in New Mexico,” said Journal pollster Brian Sanderoff.
Other recent surveys of the presidential contest in New Mexico by national polling firms found Obama leading Romney by as much as 13 percentage points, causing some political analysts to suggest New Mexico would break in Obama’s favor without much of a campaign in the state...
“Most pundits categorized New Mexico as ‘lean Democrat,’ but we might be moving back to battleground status,” Sanderoff said.