New Mexico Governor's Race 2010: Diane Denish defeated by Susana Martinez
New Mexico's gubenatorial race features an interesting contest between Democrat and Lt. Governor Diane Denish and Republican District Attorney Susana Martinez.
As Nia-Malika Henderson and Krissah Thompson reported:
Republican candidate Susana Martinez could become the first Latina governor. In a state where Latinos make up nearly a third of the electorate, immigration has been a huge issue, with outgoing Gov. Bill Richardson's (D) more lenient approach looming large. Martinez, who leads Lt. Gov. Diane Denish (D) in most polls, has taken a cue from Sen. John McCain's campaign, airing a television ad in which she talks tough about the border.
Denish pledged to end the current policy that allows illegal immigrants to get driver's licenses, and Martinez countered with a pledge to take away driver's licenses of the illegal immigrants who now have them.
The Fix reports that strong GOP fundraising has made Denish's campaign an uphill battle:
(D): Lt. Gov. Diane Denish (D) has never been able to get out of the unpopular shadow of the man she is trying to replace -- term limited Gov. Bill Richardson (D). Dona Ana District Attorney Susana Martinez (R) has run a very strong campaign and now has to be considered the favorite.
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