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We are your election headquarters and with just more than a month until the big -- -- taking a closer look at a few different states including New Mexico today.
The state has only five -- -- votes but in a tight race you know every vote -- -- Folks there -- pick the winner in seven of the last eight presidential elections in the -- in New Mexico is really the Latino population there is the largest in the country.
And that is a voting bloc and both candidates are willing the president is leading in polls there but the race could be more competitive -- it looks.
With still more than a month ago Michael Coleman -- the Washington bureau chief for the Albuquerque journal and he joins us now Michael -- -- last month when he talked as you say listen.
The polls had the president way ahead that your sense of things.
I was at the race was closer do you still feel that way now.
I do feel that way as the national polls have had the race as much as 101214 points we had a -- couple weeks ago that showed the race was just five points.
It's going to be insistent as he would have is in his next thirty days and you hit the nail on the head and you said Romney's performance among Hispanic voters in -- Mexico's going to be absolutely critical.
Anything in the debate last night that you think we'll particularly resonate.
With a -- is -- New Mexico and maybe even that voting bloc.
Well one of the things that I I thought it was effective for Mitt Romney in that debate was he performed well obviously and and secondly.
People in New Mexico haven't seen much that Romney is a little bit of an enigma to us and and I I think based on some of the characterizations thus far he's -- is sort of -- this gaff prone and maybe elitist I think he came across last night as.
Not you know he -- making -- major -- and he seems compassionate at times and I think that that'll help them in New Mexico I also think the President Obama did well on -- -- of Medicare and Medicaid.
We have a lot of low income and retirees and low income people -- our state and I I think he did a good job of -- that issue out and insisting that you protect those programs for people in New Mexico and cross country.
Let's talk a little bit about the ground game we know how important that isn't really all states out there it's my understanding that the Republican governor in New Mexico Susanna Martinez who emerges.
When the big rising stars in the Republican Party hasn't been campaigning inside her own state -- in campaigning Nevada and Florida why is that what can you tell us about.
-- campaigns -- that the headquarters set up inside the seat by both parties.
You know that it's a bit of a mystery to me into other of you know political.
Observers in New Mexico you know why she's in Florida.
You know the part of it may just be that the Romney campaign isn't overly concerned with New Mexico that that's got these other bigger sort of fish to fry that it doesn't make sense to me that.
A governor -- Susanna Martinez who is an Hispanic Republican in our last poll 69% popularity.
Is an out you know beating the drum for Romney and in our state.
We have another poll coming out and all of October and I suspect that if it shows.
That Romney's tightening you know closing the gap a little bit you'll see more of Susanna Martinez on the trail.
And one of the things that you have reported is something about Romney's campaign pulling out some key people outside the -- I just bring that up because you brought it may be -- Maybe these guys are turning their back on the scene and the curious that exploring -- a little bit more.
-- that that was -- pretty insisting indication of where they think this race is going to pull the Hispanic outreach coordinator communications director.
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