Martinez, King make last push for Governor

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – New Mexico’s candidates for governor are out making their final pleas for votes.

While Gov. Susana Martinez and her challenger Attorney General Gary King spent Monday making the rounds on opposite ends of the state, their staff spent the day knocking on doors and working the phones.

On Monday, Martinez campaigned in southern New Mexico while King spent most of the day up north.

KRQE News 13 caught up with both campaigns Monday as volunteers worked the phones at Albuquerque field offices. In the Northeast Heights, about seven volunteers with Governor Martinez’s campaign put together leaflets while making last-minute phone calls to registered voters.

“Join me in supporting Gov. Martinez,” said one Martinez campaign volunteer.

Meanwhile, on the other side of Albuquerque, around seven volunteers worked phones and put together campaign signs for King’s campaign.

“I am calling for Gary King’s campaign,” said a King campaign volunteer.

It is a fight to the finish for both campaigns, which have shared a very visible campaign through New Mexico with controversy to boot. One of the largest issues this election surrounded comments King made about Martinez, saying that she “does not have a Latino heart.” Another big point of contention came when Gov. Martinez’s campaign ran advertisements that criticized King for his handling of the “Casanova Con-man’s” sentencing.

Monday, volunteers on both sides spent today trying to make their point.

“One, encourage them to vote and number two, encouraging them to vote for Gary,” said Phil Sisneros, a spokesman for King’s campaign.

“Democrats, Republicans and Independents like what Governor Martinez is doing,” said Rep. Monica Youngblood, a Republican member of the New Mexico House of Representatives.

The governor spent election eve campaigning in southern New Mexico in Mesilla, Sunland Park and at a restaurant in Hatch.

“We’re feeling very confident,” said Rep. Youngblood.

Youngblood says volunteers are getting a lot of the feedback they hoped to hear.

“And they feel like she is putting the state ahead of politics and moving the state in the right direction,” said Rep. Youngblood.

Challenger King campaigned in northern New Mexico, stopping at senior centers in Santa Fe, and met with city leaders in Española for lunch.

“Clearly we’re the underdog – and we have been and we knew that going in that we were going to be,” said Sisneros.

King’s campaign says they’re not throwing in the towel, and they’re hoping to prove the polls wrong.

Martinez has had some big campaign visits this election from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Monday, King picked up an endorsement from former President Bill Clinton. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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