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.
If 2016 was an election of a lifetime for national politics, 2018 may be just that for New Mexico.
Just this week Steve Pearce said he’s considering a run for governor (encouraged by the rise of Trump, no doubt). We did the math and found that if Steve Pearce earned all of the votes he just won in his Congressional re-election and every Trump vote in Bernalillo County, he’d already have 80% of the votes Susana Martinez won to win re-election in 2014.
See why we can’t afford to wait?
So who will step up to dig New Mexico out of this mess? A poll from our friends at the NM Political Report earlier this year found that Democrats liked their chances with Attorney General Hector Balderas or Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham. Now Senator Tom Udall says he’s considering a run.
So let’s get started – who do New Mexico’s progressives want to see for Governor in 2018? You tell us! Take our very unscientific but revealing poll now
Still haven’t gotten enough #Election analysis? Here are a few takes from our team and stories we are reading
In spite of Trump, Progressives led Democrats to HUGE victories over governor and GOP agenda in New Mexico (who won, who lost and why) | ProgressNowNM
Progressive Women Won Big in New Mexico | Marya Erin Jones, ProgressNowNM
Gov Martinez missed Trump’s first short list for cabinet gigs | ProgressNowNM
Libertarians celebrate Johnson’s run, see a coming GOP divide | By Andy Lyman , NM Political Report
Michael Sanchez loses in expensive legislative race | By Matthew Reichbach and Joey Peters, NM Political Report
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