On Monday, Fox News updated its power rankings showing New Mexico shifting from “leans Democrat” to “toss-up,” giving Republicans even more hope in the Land of Enchantment for a Republican victory to take back the governorship.
Fox News reported, “There is one bright spot for Republicans in these rankings, and that is in New Mexico. As Josh Kraushaar reported last week, New Mexico is home to a high Hispanic population, a voting bloc shifting rightward. The GOP candidate is former local news anchor (meteorologist) Mark Ronchetti.”
“He is appealing to conservatives and moderates by focusing on crime and the economy, while keeping a distance from Trump. Incumbent Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham, a Democrat, has a $3.4-million fundraising lead as of early July, but polling does not give her a clear edge. New Mexico moves from Lean D to Toss Up.”
After the big news, Rochetti’s campaign wrote, “Fox News shifts #NMGov race to “toss-up” showing the momentum behind our campaign! New Mexicans are tired of @Michelle4NM and her out of touch policies. We are ready to bring bold new leadership to Santa Fe.”
The prospect of picking up the blue state’s governorship lends hope to Republicans across the board, as the GOP has the possibility of taking back the state House and other state-wide offices, including the attorney generalship, land commissioner, state treasurer, secretary of state, among others.