New Mexico: Celinda Lake Poll Shows Wiviott Close to Lujan

Posted April 2, 2008 at 6:45pm

Wealthy developer Don Wiviott is running second to State Public Regulation Commission Chairman Ben Ray Lujan in his bid for the 3rd district Democratic nomination, according to a poll conducted by his campaign.

With a whopping 48 percent of voters undecided, Wiviott billed the findings as proof that he is well-positioned to win the June 3 primary and replace Rep. Tom Udall (D), who is running for Senate. In the poll, Wiviott trailed Lujan 23 percent to 16 percent.

“This race is wide open,” Wiviott’s pollster Celinda Lake said in a statement. “A solid plurality of voters start out undecided.”

The survey of 500 likely Democratic primary voters was conducted March 24-27 and had an error margin of 4.4 points.

Also running in the 3rd district Democratic primary, but unlikely to win the race according to most polls, including this one, are Santa Fe County Commissioner Harry Montoya, attorney Jon Adams, former state Secretary of Indian Affairs Bennie Shendo and attorney Rudy Martin.
— David M. Drucker