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Lujan Grisham dismisses poll showing close race, Democrats endorsing Pearce

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Democratic candidate for governor Michelle Lujan Grisham said she is not concerned about polling that shows her in a close race, or that a former Democratic governor has backed her Republican opponent.

“We are going to see lots of polling. It ‘s going to have me way up, it’s going to have me way down. It’s going to have me tied, it’s going to have me barely up and my job is to just get to every voter,” she said during a Sept. 28 visit to Roswell.

Michelle Lujan Grisham

A recent Emerson poll showed Lujan Grisham, a third-term Congresswoman from Albuquerque, with a two-point lead over Republican Congressman Steve Pearce, whose district includes Roswell. The poll of 500 registered voters taken Aug. 17-18 shows Lujan Grisham receiving 44 percent of the vote and Pearce 42 percent. Another 18 percent in the poll were undecided.

“I would never let polling determine what I think is likely to be the outcome, I just go after as many voters as possible, but I feel very good about our response,” she continued.

Lujan Grisham has said she is not worried that some prominent New Mexico Democrats, including former Governor Jerry Apodaca, have endorsed Pearce.

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Steve Pearce

Apodaca, governor of New Mexico from 1975 to 1979, endorsed Pearce in an opinion piece in the Albuquerque Journal, comparing Pearce to past moderates in both parties.

Lujan Grisham defeated Apodaca’s son Jeff and fellow Democrat Joseph Cervantes in the June 5 primary to be the party’s candidate in the race for governor.

Lujan Grisham said she feels no ill will towards Apodaca for endorsing Pearce.

“You’ve got to do whatever you need to do to get your endorsements and I can certainly understand the power of wanting to support and protect your family in an election context,” Lujan Grisham said.

Pearce has also received the endorsements of Democrats such as Dorothy Runnels, the widow of former Congressman Harold Runnels, to cast himself as someone who can bridge the partisan divide.

“They are supportive because they know me, that I work across party lines, across the racial lines, across every line that divides us as people,” Pearce said during a campaign event in Roswell soon after Apodaca endorsed him.

Lujan Grisham, though, said she is no stranger to bipartisanship. She has worked with the late Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., on immigration issues, and was in state government for 18 years where she worked under governors of both parties.

She added that right now she is busy try to meet with as many New Mexicans as she can before election day, regardless of where they are.

“Our job is to get into as many villages, cities, communities, neighborhoods, counties as possible and that is exactly what we are doing,” Lujan Grisham said.

Breaking news reporter Alex Ross can be reached at 575-622-7710, ext. 301, or at breakingnews@rdrnews.com.

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