Skip to comments.Heather Wilson Has GOP Confident in New Mexico
Posted on 04/05/2012 12:56:57 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
New Mexico insiders from both parties describe Wilson, an Air Force Academy graduate, as a tough and disciplined campaigner, a strong fundraiser and someone whose broad support, including among Hispanics, is in the mold of former Sen. Pete Domenici (R). Theres also no better wingman in the state than Gov. Susana Martinez, a likely surrogate whom Wilson has known for about 20 years.
I think New Mexico is always going to be a swing state on races like this, said Jay McCleskey, a GOP media strategist in the state and former regional political director at the Republican National Committee. But Heather Wilson is the strongest candidate Republicans could have put up. No one runs stronger, more disciplined campaigns than she does.
In 2008, with hundreds of thousands of dollars of outside support aiding him, Rep. Steve Pearce (R) defeated Wilson by 2 points in the primary before being walloped by then-Rep. Tom Udall (D) by 22 points as President Barack Obama swept the swing state by 15 points. In an interview, Wilson was unfazed by 2008 and Obamas presence back at the top of the ticket.
It is a swing state to be sure, and in all of those years from 2000 on until I left the Congress in 2008, I always significantly outperformed the top of the ballot in my Congressional district, Wilson said. Its actually easier for me to win statewide than it is to hold my own Congressional district.
Wilson will have some help beating the top of the ticket this time. Thanks to the first Republican secretary of state being elected in the past 82 years, New Mexico voting booths will for the first time in decades not offer a straight-ticket device option, which allows a voter to choose a partys entire slate of candidates
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New Mexico tends to reelect its incumbents. If Heather Wilson wins the election, she’ll probably be there for a long time. It’s great to deny Democrats a seat in a Democrat-voting constituancy.
“New Mexico tends to reelect its incumbents. If Heather Wilson wins the election, shell probably be there for a long time. Its great to deny Democrats a seat in a Democrat-voting constituancy.”
That's helpful. You'd think something like that would be up to the legislature though. After the 96 election helped the rats take back the state house the lame duck Republican leg here in IL abolished straight ticket voting as their last act, literally the day before Madigan got the gavel back.
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