Wednesday, August 23, 2006

New Mexico's 1st Congressional District Update

Latest Poll Shows Madrid, Wilson Locked
Latest Poll Shows Madrid, Wilson Lockedin Dead Heat for CD 1Wilson’s Negative Ad Attacks Having No Impact on Voters’ Choice
Despite more than a month of negative attack ads aimed at Attorney General Patricia Madrid by her opponent, Rep. Heather Wilson, the two candidates remain locked in a dead heat in the race to represent New Mexico’s 1st Congressional District, the latest poll shows.
With less than 3 months to go before the November election, the latest district-wide survey of 400 likely voters in the district included a head-to-head ballot that shows the race statistically tied. Madrid wins 44 percent of the vote to 46 percent of the vote for Wilson. Just 10 percent of voters are undecided. In fact, since polling on the race began, Wilson – the incumbent – has never reached 50 percent; Wilson’s numbers have been stagnant.
“Heather Wilson dumped hundreds of thousands of dollars into negative attack ads for more than a month,” said Madrid spokeswoman Heather Brewer, “but New Mexico voters are clearly more interested in issues – like gas prices and Medicare Part D – than in mudslinging.”
The poll further found that voters are dissatisfied with the job Wilson is doing in Congress and are looking for change. Just 47 percent of voters are positive about the job Wilson is doing and fully half (50 percent) are negative. Among independent voters, a 57 percent majority believe Wilson is doing either “just a fair job” or a “poor job.”
“New Mexicans are ready for a change,” Brewer said. “New Mexicans have had enough of Heather Wilson’s record of voting lock-step with George Bush on everything from misguided energy policies to the war in Iraq. They are looking for a real independent leader with a record of fighting for New Mexico. Patricia Madrid is that leader.”
President Bush, the poll also found, remains an albatross around Wilson’s neck. Fully six in ten voters (60 percent) are unhappy with the job Bush is doing as President. Just 40 percent are satisfied with his job performance. Among independent voters, two-thirds (67 percent) are negative about Bush’s job performance.
“Heather Wilson’s record is clear: She is not an independent,” Brewer said. “Heather Wilson has voted for every single one of George Bush’s misguided energy policies, every single one of George Bush’s tax breaks for the wealthiest 1.5 percent of Americans – and she’s never stood up to George Bush and asked the tough questions about this no-exit war in Iraq. It’s time for a change.”

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