Republican nominee for president Donald Trump opened up a five point lead with New Mexico and its five electoral votes, according to the 141 likely voters in the Reuters/Ipsos poll released Saturday.
Trump has the support of 43 percent of likely voters compared to 38 percent for his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton in the poll executed between Aug. 26 and Sept. 15.
Based on the poll results, Reuters moved New Mexico into the Trump column with a “Low Confidence” in its “States of the Nation” webpage that tracks the state polls together with an Electoral College map.
The New York City businessman was in a virtual tie with Clinton in the Morning Consult poll released Sept. 8 with 35 percent to her 36 percent. In that poll it was former New Mexico governor Gary Johnson, running as a Libertarian, 14 percent and Green Party candidate Dr. Jill Stein, 3 percent.
In 2012, President Barack Obama won New Mexico with 53 percent of the vote. Republican candidate W. Mitt Romney garnered 43 percent of the vote and Johnson received 4 percent of the vote.
Obama also won the state in 2008 and the state went for President George W. Bush in 2004 and Vice President Albert Gore Jr., in 2000.