Poll: ‘Environment Is Ripe’ to Unseat New Mexico Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 13: Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham (D-NM) speaks during a news conference on immigration to condemn the Trump Administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy, outside the US Capitol on June 13, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Toya Sarno Jordan/Getty Images)
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A majority of New Mexico voters want a new governor to replace Democrat Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham in her race for reelection this year, according to a recent internal polling memo.

The memo, provided to Breitbart News, shows results of a poll conducted by Cygnal among 531 likely general election voters. The results reveal 52 percent of respondents want someone other than Grisham to be governor, while 39 percent would reelect her. Nine percent of respondents said they were undecided.

The poll also found two frontrunning Republicans were in striking distance of Grisham, Army veteran Greg Zanetti and meteorologist and former Senate candidate Mark Ronchetti. On an “uninformed ballot,” Grisham leads Ronchetti by one percent and Zanetti by 4.7 percent. A third Republican candidate, State Rep. Rebecca Dow, trails Grisham by 6.5 percent.

In this March 20, 2021, file photo, House Republican Caucus Chair Rebecca Dow, of Truth or Consequences, talks during a legislative session in Santa Fe, N.M. Dow says she'll seek the Republican nomination for governor of New Mexico in next year's election. The Truth or Consequences resident made the announcement Wednesday, July 7, 2021, becoming the fifth Republican looking to unseat Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File)

In this March 20, 2021, file photo, House Republican Caucus Chair Rebecca Dow, of Truth or Consequences, talks during a legislative session in Santa Fe, N.M. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, File).

Zanetti, however, makes close to an eight-point swing and leads Grisham by three percent when respondents are presented with background information about the Republican candidates, including information that Ronchetti is an “anti-Trumper” whose “only relevant work experience is as a weatherman” and that Dow comes with the baggage of a civil lawsuit settlement, which occurred in 2017 after an employee of Dow’s at a Boys and Girls Club was jailed for two counts of sexual contact with a minor.

Presented with those details, Grisham leads Ronchetti by five percent and Dow by 12 percent.

The poll suggests Grisham, a one-term governor and former U.S. representative, is vulnerable in her bid for a second term in office. In addition to the poll revealing tight races in a state that generally leans slightly blue, a net positive five percent of respondents said they believe New Mexico is headed down the “wrong track.”

Zanetti, the candidate who released the polling memo, is a West Point graduate who served on Joint Task Force Guantanamo in 2008 and now works as a financial adviser. The New Mexico Republican said in a statement that the poll echoes what he has “been hearing throughout the state on the campaign trail.”

“New Mexicans feel the state is headed in the wrong direction and they are ready for a new governor,” Zanetti said. “Voters rolled the dice in the 2018 gubernatorial race and elected someone not ready to serve. Look where that has gotten us. The message is clear, New Mexicans are ready for a candidate with real executive experience who can come in on day-one and make their lives better.”

The poll was conducted by automated calling, text messaging, and online panels January 2–3 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.2 percent.

Write to Ashley Oliver at aoliver@breitbart.com. Follow her on Twitter at @asholiver.

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