The State Houses – What’s At Stake in 2010

Thirty-nine states will be electing a governor during the 2009-2010 election cycle. Of these, eighteen races will not include an incumbent and four incumbents who will be running were not elected to their current position. The recession and huge budget deficits threaten to undercut the power of incumbency for governors running for reelection.

The Current Line-Up


New Mexico

newmexico-stampIncumbent: Susana Martinez (R)

Primary Election: June 1, 2010
General Election: November 2, 2010

RATING: Likely Democratic Retention

2002 Result: Richardson wins 55%-39%.
2006 Result:
Richardson wins 69%-31%.

New Mexico Gubernatorial Race: Headlines

Gary King

Linda Lopez

Michael Sanchez

Susana Martinez (i)

State Resources:
NM Sec of State Elections

Local Blogs:
Heath Haussaman on New Mexico Politics
New Mexico FBIHOP
New Mexico Politics with Joe Monahan

Rasmussen: Martinez job approval rating remains high, 65-32% (10/11/12)
Rasmussen: Martinez continues to remain popular – job approval rating at 62-31% (10/1/12)
Albuquerque Journal: Martinez riding high – 69% of NM voters approve of gov’s job performance (9/12/12)
Rasmussen: Martinez maintains strong job approval ratings, 60-28% (8/23/12)
Public Policy Polling: Presidential race tightens, Marines remains popular, with 56-34% job approval rating (7/16/12)
Rasmussen: Martinez popular after first year,66-32% approval rating (2/14/12)
Public Opinion (R): Martinez boast 65-29% job approval rating (12/19/11)
Public Policy Polling: NM opposes legal gay marriage; Martinez retains strong support (7/5/11)
Public Policy Polling: Richardson unpopular as he leaves, Martinez getting strong approval numbers after first month (2/11/11)
SurveyUSA: Martinez opens double-digit lead, 54-42% (10/14/10)
Public Opinion (R): Martinez extends lead over Denish, 51-42% (10/6/10)
Public Opinion (R): Martinez opens 10-point lead, 50-40% (9/16/10)
Rasmussen: Martinez opens slight lead over Denish, 48-43% (8/24/10)
Magellan Strategies: Martinez, Denish in dead heat (6/23/10)
Rasmussen: General election campaign starts in virtual dead heat, Martinez up 44-42 (6/2/10)
Rasmussen: Martinez pulls even with Denish (5/25/10)
Survey USA: Martinez leads Weh 41-34; leads Denish in November 49-43 (5/26/10)
Dialing Services/NMP with Joe Monahan: Martinez up by 11 over Weh, 41-30 (5/25/10)
Albuquerque Journal: Weh leads Martinez, 31-30, Domenici 10, Turner 6, Arnold-Jones 3 (5/13/10)
Rasmussen: Denish leads all GOP candidates by comfortable margins (3/24/10)
Public Policy Polling: Denish holds slight edge over Domenici (2/24/10)
DGA releases numbers showing Denish with large lead (SwingStateProject, 6/19/09)

2010 Candidates:


Diane Denish Web Site facebook YouTube flickr

Janice Arnold-Jones     Web Site facebook twitter
Pete Domenici, Jr       Web Site facebook YouTube twitter flickr
Susana Martinez         Web Site facebook YouTube twitter flickr
Doug Turner                 Web Site facebook YouTube twitter flickr
Allen Weh                     Web Site facebook YouTube twitter flickr