A Republican polling company often used by Rep. Steve Pearce (R) recently found he would loose in a hypothetical matchup against candidate Michelle Lujan Grisham (D) in the race for Governor. There are also a large number of undecided voters in the poll, however the results are within the margin of error.
The Tarrance Group conducted the poll in late May, and found that when the two U.S. Representatives are matched up against each other, the Democrat Lujan Grisham leads Pearce 47% to 43% percent with 10% undecided.
Pearce is listed as a former client on the company’s official website, but there is no indication who actually paid for the poll to be conducted. The same firm conducted polls for the Pearce in 2010, when he successfully ran against then Rep Harry Teague to retake the 2nd Congressional District seat.
Lujan Grisham officially announced her candidacy for governor in December, and there are two other Democrats in the race, Peter DeBenedittis and Jeff Apodaca, son of former Governor Jerry Apodaca.
There are no Republicans in the governor race yet, although reportedly Albuquerque Mayor Richard is considering the job. Pearce has not made it clear if he will run for governor, but there are indications he might be seriously considering it. He recently toured areas of the Land of Enchantment that are not part of his district.
The poll also found President Donald Trump has a 41% approval rating in New Mexico, with 55% disapproving of his job performance. This is near the national average of approval ratings for the new Republican president.Like this story? Sign up for our daily newsletter to get more of our best original news.