John McCain, Lindsey Graham come stump for Heather Wilson, but can she close the gap on Martin Heinrich?
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Heather Wilson is bringing in a couple high-profile Senate Republicans to Albuquerque to stump for her next week. Whether they can change her poll numbers in her race against Democrat Martin Heinrich remains to be seen.
On Wednesday (Sept. 19), the Wilson camp announced that Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona) and Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) will appear along with Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) will hold a news conference next week (Sept. 25) and attend a private fundraiser for Wilson. The focus of the three senators’ appearance is “sequestration” — provisions of the 2011 Budget Control Act that Capitol Hill didn’t address back in 20011 that will require $50 billion in cuts, largely to the defense budget, if Congress doesn’t address the issue by the end of this calendar year.“If this sequester goes forward, we’re going to decimate our nation’s defense,” Wilson told Capitol Report New Mexico. “Here in New Mexico, it means about 20,000 jobs … The sequester process takes a chain saw to the budget.”
But can the appearances by the three GOP senators give Wilson a boost against Heinrich? Throughout this expensive and partisan race, Heinrich has led throughout. Recent polls by the Albuquerque Journal and Rasmussen Reports had the Democrat up by 7 points.
Capitol Report New Mexico sent an e-mail and left a voice message with the Heinrich campaign seeking reaction but so far we have not heard back.
“I’m used to running in very difficult races,” Wilson said.
Both candidates (and third-party groups not affiliated with Heinrich or Wilson) have saturated the state’s TV stations with ads, many of them negative.
But Wilson just came out with a new 30-second spot in which she chokes up at one point, talking about being one of the first women to attend the Air Force Academy:
Is this an attempt to soften her image with voters? We asked her about that, as well as the “47 percent” comment that has put Mitt Romney on the hot seat:
We also asked Wilson if the upcoming televised debates with Heinrich might be crucial in swaying undecided voters. “Debates generally don’t,” Wilson said. “Congressman Heinrich is a sitting member of Congress. He’s quite informed on these issues. We just have very different views … Debates are somewhat unpredictable but most of the people who watch them I think are people who have already decided how to vote.”