Voters ready for bitter campaign to end

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – This long election season is almost over and voters can’t wait for the robocalls, negative advertisements and campaign flyers to stop.

“It’ll be ripping a band-aid off,” said voter Duane Martinez. “It’ll be good to just get it done with and see what damage has been done.”

“I’m ready for the election, campaigning and the media on the election to be done,” said voter Monika Skiba. “I’m tired of it.”

The bitter presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump has turned off many voters. New polls show Clinton with a relatively slim lead in New Mexico, five points ahead of Trump in the Albuquerque Journal poll released Sunday and two points ahead of Trump in the Zia Poll released Monday. President Obama won the state by double digits in both 2008 and 2012.

Numbers from the secretary of state’s office through the end of Saturday show 522,041 people, about 40 percent of registered voters, cast their ballots early or absentee this year. That’s a record high number. On the flip side of that, that means a much smaller audience for the last second campaigning.

“For the most part it’s a waste of time… because I think a long while ago a lot of people decided,” said voter Bill Madrill.

There will be 69 voting convenience centers open in Bernalillo County on Tuesday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. 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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