Trump’s efforts in New Mexico not likely to turn state red

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak to a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump arrives to speak to a campaign rally, Monday, Oct. 24, 2016, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Trump and Clinton supporters will rally one last time in the state Tuesday morning, trying to turn New Mexico their way.

Recently, New Mexico’s been thrust into the election spotlight, after several visits from Trump’s campaign in recent days. But, as KRQE News 13’s political expert explains, his visits may not exactly make a difference when it comes to undecided voters.

“We are going to win this state and we are going to take back the white house,” Donald Trumps said to a cheering crowd in Albuquerque a little over a week before Election Day.

His visit was closely followed with a visit by his son, Trump Donald Jr., and even Trump’s running mate Mike Pence has made several stops.

The stumping came after Trump’s campaign said their internal polls showed the race for New Mexico’s five electoral votes was neck-and-neck.

However, KRQE News 13’s political expert Gabe Sanchez says Trump’s efforts may not have the effect he’s looking for.

“Well you know when you have candidates like that, that visit a state, what it does is it really drives up enthusiasm. It might have an impact on turn out, the trouble with that is, it also might impact the other side,” Sanchez said.

He added, he doesn’t see New Mexico as a swing state and doesn’t believe the heavy hitting stumping from Trump’s campaign will drum up a whole lot of support for the Republican nominee.

But all of the attention, could mean more voters at the polls.

As for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, neither she or her VP pick Tim Kaine have made a stop in New Mexico. Her husband, former President Bill Clinton did. Tim Kaine’s wife, also stumped in New Mexico. And Senator Bernie Sanders rallied for Clinton recently.

Instead, Sanchez says the biggest name for the Democratic party chose to stump next door.

“Surrogates don’t have a lot of impact. In fact, on the Democratic side the only surrogate that we’re actually seeing that matters is the First Lady Michelle Obama, and I think the fact that they strategically put her in Arizona — not here in New Mexico — sends a signal to a lot of folks that they they think they’ve got New Mexico in the bag. Let’s see if they regret that decision come election night,” Sanchez said.

Clinton’s lead here in New Mexico did shrink several weeks ago according to a Zia poll.

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