Congressman Martin Heinrich is the leader for the Democratic nomination for U.S. Senate in a new poll conducted by a San Francisco company.
The poll of Democratic likely voters, conducted March 8-10 by Tulchin Research for the Defenders of Wildlife Action Fund, showed:
Martin Heinrich 32%
Diane Denish 25%
Ben Ray Lujan 15%
Hector Balderas 5%
One thing that caught my eye is that the sample size --213 likely 2012 Dem voters -- seems a lot lower than the numbers I usually see. And the margin of error is higher -- 6.71 percent.
But what's interesting is how I learned about the poll. Heinrich didn't send it out, the National Republican Congressional Committee did. And a spokesman for that organization, Tyler Q. Houlton, implied in a statement that Heinrich is considering the race because he's chicken!
“Martin Heinrich barely won his competitive congressional seat last year due to his support of the $800 billion failed stimulus and the trillion dollar government takeover of healthcare. Instead of risking a loss in 2012, will Heinrich decide to run for U.S. Senate?”