U.S. House Rep. Martin Heinrich (D-N.M. 01) leads former Republican Congresswoman Heather Wilson in their bid for New Mexico's open U.S. Senate seat, according to a new poll released Monday.
The poll, conducted by Research and Polling Inc. on behalf of the Albuquerque Journal, shows Heinrich holding a 7-point lead over Wilson among likely voters in the state, 49 percent to 42 percent. Despite trailing Wilson among independent and white voters, Heinrich gets a big boost from Latino voters in the state, while also holding a solid 9-point edge among voters in the Albuquerque metro region. The two candidates are vying to replace outgoing Democratic Sen. Jeff Bingaman, who announced last year that he would not seek a sixth term.
Heinrich currently leads Wilson by 7 points in the PollTracker Average, 48.7 percent to 41.7 percent.