Where are the Trump and Clinton yard signs in Albuquerque?

FILE - In this Oct. 27, 2016 file photo, early voters stand by campaign signs as they wait in line at a voting location in Dallas. Campaign signs have been a thing since the early 1800s. Political scientists question the effectiveness of yard signs, at least in presidential politics. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez, File)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Driving down neighborhood streets, it’s likely someone will find most lawns in Albuquerque vacant.

“I haven’t seen any,” said one Albuquerque neighbor.

“Definitely less,” said another neighbor.

It’s less of what years ago was a campaign staple.

“Driving around town, usually you’re bombarded with signs everywhere,” said UNM Political Science Professor, Gabriel Sanchez. “This election cycle, not so much.”

Sanchez said there’s a reason for the lack of campaign signage in the race between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

“I think a lot of it is, there’s just not a lot of enthusiasm for these two presidential candidates,” said Sanchez.

Sanchez also said this is an interesting election year.

“There’s really a lot of enthusiasm to devote against the other person, not so much in favor of their candidate,” said Sanchez.

Neighbors explained why they haven’t proudly displayed a sign in support of Clinton or Trump.

“I’m going to stick to the little quietism that I think a lot of us have retreated to,” said one neighbor.

Sanchez said that’s not a surprising response.

“So I think a lot of folks, they might be willing to vote for either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump, but they’re not willing to put a sign in front of their house letting all their neighbors know that that’s who they’re supporting,” said Sanchez.

Finally, Sanchez said a lot of people are just waiting for Wednesday.

“More so than ever, I think a lot of folks just want this election over with,” said Sanchez.

KRQE News 13 also reached out to a few companies in Albuquerque that make presidential campaign signs. They said  they’ve made fewer signs this election year.

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