Next up: a new governor. Who do progressives support?

Everyone is talking about this week’s elections.  Donald Trump in the White House. Progressive Democrats are set to lead the State House.  What does it all mean?  It’s probably too early to tell, but that doesn’t mean political junkies aren’t already thinking about the next election.

Gov. Steve Pearce? Trump victory gives Pearce new inspiration

Gov. Martinez is a lame duck and her approval ratings are below 50% and stuck there. That’s not good news for her future political prospects but it does mean candidates who want to take over have a ready narrative: I can fix what she couldn’t. New Mexico’s lone Republican Congressman thinks that – coupled with Trump’s victory – might give him the statewide edge he didn’t have when he ran for US Senate against now-Senator Tom Udall. Here’s the math that Pearce is likely considering
Pearce easily won reelection this year with 142,773 votes (62%) of support from his Southern New Mexico Congressional District.  If he can consolidate that support and expand it to include the 94,874 Trump voters in heavily-populated Bernalillo County, Pearce could lock up 80% of Governor Martinez’s 293,000 statewide re-election votes in 2014.

Gov. Tom Udall? Senator says he’s considering run to fix Martinez’s mess

In 725 days, New Mexicans will pick a new governor.  That may sound like a long way off but for a job that big, no time is too early to start. That’s why, on Tuesday night, just hours after the country learned that Donald Trump was moving into the White House potential candidates started lining up to test drive their ideas to dig New Mexico out of this hole that Gov. Martinez keeps digging. First up was Sen. Tom Udall (D), a former attorney general, congressman and current progressive champion in the United States Senate.  

During post-election analysis on KANW FM with Joe Monahan (and our own ProgressNowNM board member Sandy Buffett), Sen. Udall called in to say that he was considering a run for governor.