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Race of the day: Susana Martinez vs. Diane Denish for N.M. governor
A local Republican prosecutor leads in the polls — and stands poised to become the nation's first Latina governor
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DEMOCRAT

Diane Denish

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REPUBLICAN

Susana Martinez

Basic Info: Gov. Bill Richardson's lt. gov. since '03
Age: 61
District attorney of Las Cruces, NM
Age: 50
Issues:
  • Opposes driver's licenses for illegal immigrants
  • Pro domestic partnerships, anti gay marriage
  • Opposes tax credits for religious school tuition
  • Opposes driver's licenses for illegal immigrants
  • Opposes both domestic partnerships and gay marriage
  • Supports tax credits for religious school tuition
Polling At: 42% 50%
Campaign Chest: $1.3 million
$1 million
Key Quote: "My opponent, she wants to run against Bill Richardson."

"We have to...make sure we don't have a third Bill Richardson-Diane Denish administration."

Petty Controversy: A Denish campaign ad featured the endorsement of teacher whose husband spent 23 years in prison for kidnapping
Martinez was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. The Denish campaign has tried to suggest that her primary loyalties are to the Lone Star state, not New Mexico
Wild card: If Martinez wins, she would be the first female Hispanic governor in U.S. history
Dueling Ads: "Es Una Tejana": In this ad, the Denish campaign suggests that Martinez is "bought and paid for by Texas billionaires"
"License": This  Martinez spot argues that Denish coddles illegal immigrants and that Martinez will get tough

Diane Denish's "Susana Es Una Tejana":

 

Susana Martinez's "License":

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