Most political observers expect incumbent Democratic Sen. Tom Udall to easily win re-election in New Mexico, but a new poll suggests the race has suddenly tightened.
Udall is only up four points over Republican Allen Weh, according to a new Vox Populi poll shared first with The Daily Caller. The poll has Udall at 47 and Weh at 43.
“Our survey shows that the New Mexico Senate race has tightened down to a four point lead heading into Election Day,” said Vox Populi pollster Brent Seaborn. “The deteriorating national political environment for Democrats and President Obama has put Senate races like New Mexico at risk for Democrats.”
The poll, conducted Oct. 20 to 22, surveyed 614 active voters by automated telephone technology and mobile based survey technology. The margin of error is 3.95 percent.
It also showed that the top issues driving voters in the race are the economy and jobs, Obamacare and President Obama’s job performance.
Weh, a retired colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve, is the CEO of an international air support and aviation logistics company.
The results are in stark contrast to the polling average on RealClearPolitics, which labels the race likely Democratic. The site’s average has Udall up 14 points.