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June 19, 2009

Denish in the driver's seat

Democratic New Mexico Lieutenant Governor Diane Denish is in strong position to succeed Gov. Bill Richardson (D), according to a new poll conducted for the Democratic Governors' Association.

The poll finds Denish leading former Congresswoman Heather Wilson in a prospective match-up, 57  to 35 percent, with 8 percent undecided. In a prospective match-up against former Congressman Steve Pearce, Denish also holds a comfortable lead -- 57 percent to 35 percent with 8 percent undecided.

“Clearly, Diane Denish starts off this gubernatorial race with a lot of goodwill among New Mexicans, and she is in a heavily favored position against either one of the well-known Republicans who ran in statewide elections last year,” the polling memo states.

Pearce and Wilson faced off in last year's Senate primary. Then-Rep. Democratic Tom Udall went on to easily defeat Pearce in the general election.

Two other New Mexico Republicans are potential, but lower-profile, gubernatorial nominees: National Guard Brigadier General & Financial Advisor Greg Zanetti and former state Republican Party Chair Allen Weh.

-- Alex Isenstadt