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Eichenberg, Dunn lead in cash races; Keller leads too

In addition to the races for Attorney General, governor and Secretary of State, the other candidates for statewide races had a deadline to campaign finance reports. Two of the downballot races are for State Treasurer and Commissioner of Public Lands. In one, the Democratic candidate leads in the open seat while in the other race, the Republican challenger leads the incumbent Democrat. Update: The campaign finance reports for State Auditor were added below. State Treasurer Rick Lopez had his best fundraising period… but still is far behind Tim Eichenberg. In fact, Eichenberg raised nearly twice what Lopez did in the time period. Eichenberg raised $26,416.29 and spent $5,672.82. Eichenberg finished the period with $32,097.30 cash on hand. See the full report here. Included in Eichenberg’s total is a $4,651.29 loan by Eichenberg to his campaign. Lopez raised $12,295 … Read entire article »

Filed under: Commissioner of Public Lands, Featured, Treasurer

Balderas still leads Riedel in campaign money

Balderas still leads Riedel in campaign money

Hector Balderas has maintained his large cash on hand lead over his opponent Susan Riedel as the final stretch towards election day began. The period ran from September 2 to October 6. The campaign finance reports were originally due on Monday, but the Secretary of State’s office announced the reports would be accepted through Tuesday because of the Columbus Day holiday. According to campaign finance reports filed yesterday, Balderas had just over $600,000 remaining in the bank … Read entire article »

Filed under: Attorney General, Featured

Morning Word: Polls in gov race; King back on the air

Morning Word: Polls in gov race; King back on the air

Thanks for sticking with me despite missing Monday’s Morning Word. Let’s hope this is the last Morning Word that I’ll miss until past election day. A New York Times/CBS News poll showed Susana Martinez leading King by seven percent. It was the second poll in a row that showed a single-digit race. Later on Friday, Susana Martinez’s campaign released an internal poll showing a 19 percent lead. Gary King is airing a new campaign ad attacking Susana … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Dem King returns to air; documentary attacks Martinez

Dem King returns to air; documentary attacks Martinez

By Sandra Fish Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gary King returned to the airwaves last week, while a political action committee made a documentary case against GOP Gov. Susana Martinez. Political advertising in New Mexico topped $9 million in contracts through Oct. 10. Aired back-to-back, those ads would take up nearly 8.5 days of viewing, a New Mexico In Depth analysis shows. The analysis is based on contracts filed by TV stations with the Federal Elections Commission. It doesn’t … Read entire article »

Filed under: Ad Watch, Featured

State refused evidence that refuted audit, heath provider says

State refused evidence that refuted audit, heath provider says

A state agency citing potential Medicaid fraud refused to consider documents that could have cleared a health care provider of allegations that it had overcharged the government by as much as $4.3 million, the organization’s officials said this week. After the New Mexico Human Services Department’s decision to not consider the documents, the health care provider, Presbyterian Medical Services (PMS), faced a difficult choice: settle with the state or fight and possibly run out of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Courts, Featured, Health

Martinez internal poll shows she has big lead over King

Martinez internal poll shows she has big lead over King

An internal poll by the Susana Martinez campaign shows that her campaign is up by 19 percent over Gary King. The release of the poll, conducted by Public Opinion Strategies, comes after two public, independent polls showed King withing single digits. The polling memo also shows that Martinez is still using attacks on Bill Richardson, her predecessor, as a way to campaign against Attorney General Gary King. The polling memo is written by Nicole McCleskey, the wife … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor, Polling

National Review says Weh might pull upset

National Review says Weh might pull upset

The National Review, not exactly an unbiased source, raises the possibility that Allen Weh could pull an upset against Tom Udall in the U.S. Senate race. Udall has been considered a shoo-in to win for months. National pundits as well as local political observers still believe that Udall will win reelection against Allen Weh. Udall has more money, more name recognition and is very popular among the Democrats that make up the largest bloc of the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, National News, Senate

NYT/CBS News poll: Martinez leads King by 7

NYT/CBS News poll: Martinez leads King by 7

A New York Times/CBS News poll conducted by YouGov shows that Susana Martinez leads Gary King by seven percentage points. The poll finds that Martinez leads 48 percent to 41 percent. Without leaners, the poll shows that Martinez leads 45 percent to 35 percent. This is the third poll in the series; the first showed an eight percentage point lead for Martinez, the second a five percentage point lead. Now this shows a seven percentage point lead. All … Read entire article »

Filed under: Featured, Governor, Polling

Morning Word: Congressional debate hits public TV, radio

Morning Word: Congressional debate hits public TV, radio

There was a debate last night. Mike Frese and Michelle Lujan Grisham faced off in the 1st Congressional District in a debate moderated by Sam Donaldson. It aired on KNME on TV and KUNM on radio. New Mexico News Port has a recap. The Attorney General said in a confidential report obtained by the Albuquerque Journal that OptumHealth destroyed records. After the alleged falsification, OptumHealth’s audit score for appeals and grievance processing went from 84 percent, or “moderate compliance,” … Read entire article »

Filed under: Morning Word

Poll: Balderas leads Riedel 48-41

Poll: Balderas leads Riedel 48-41

A poll conducted by BWD Global for New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan found that Hector Balderas leads in the race for Attorney General 48 percent to 41 percent over Susan Riedel. Balderas is the current State Auditor, while Riedel is a former chief deputy district Attorney in the Third Judicial District under Susana Martinez. She was also appointed to a judgeship by Martinez but did not retain her position in the next election. The poll shows … Read entire article »

Filed under: Attorney General, Featured