Troubling Harry!

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Among people who know about both Harry Teague and Steve Pearce (just about the whole 2nd District) Steve Pearce has nearly a 10% lead!

“…Pearce, who was U.S. representative for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District from 2002 to 2008, said those in Washington hate jobs on public lands.  “Look at the timber industry, mining, ranching, farming — where are those jobs?” Pearce said, adding that the impact is more acute in rural areas such as Grant County.  While people understand that the country is in a dire economic crisis, it’s actually worse than most realize, he said “We are seeing permanent unemployment right now,” Pearce said, adding that job-loss figures aren’t reflecting that aspect of the issue. “There are some people who have just stopped looking.” Pearce said the country right now is locked in “a great cultural battle of values.” “And I will tell you what my core values are and have always been,” Pearce said. “They are faith, family, freedom and service. I’m going to fight for our way of life. I’m going to fight for our Constitution.” While a Republican, Pearce said he hasn’t always been happy with the national Republican Party. He said President Barack Obama has been playing chess with Republicans and Obama is “a good chess player.” “He’s trying to position the Republicans so he can say, ‘We lost health care because you didn’t vote for it,'” Pearce said….”

It looks like Steve Pearce is not only out raising Harry Teague in the $$$$$$ department, but he is also out polling him!

“...National Journal’s Hotline On Call says that Teague is “on the ropes” because of the results of the Tarrance Group (R) poll, which ran from February 16 to 18 and has a margin of error of +/- 4.9 percent.  “These results prove what I have been hearing from New Mexicans as I travel the 2nd Congressional District,” Pearce said in a statement. “New Mexicans believe the Teague and the Pelosi led Congress are on the wrong track and their big government spending is a problem, not the solution.”  The poll shows that voters in the district have a better view of Teague than a generic Republican. Teague outperforms the generic ballot which shows a Republican leading a Democrat 47 percent to 37 percent in the conservative-leaning district.   The poll also says that 47 percent of those polled say that “it is time to give a new person a chance as Congressman, whle only 37 percent of voters say that Teauge has done a good enough job to deserve re-election” according to the polling memo…”

From Hotline:

“...The good news for Teague is that he outperforms the Dem generic ballot, meaning that some voters who are turned off by the Dem brand still feel some connection to the hard-working incumbent. The bad news is that he’s still way below 50%, and the rest of those votes will be hard to make up. To many in this oil-and-gas powered CD, their first introduction to Rep. Teague was his vote to support the cap-and-trade legislation last year, something that didn’t go down well with many voters. By registration, this is a Dem-leaning CD, but on the WH level, it generally votes GOP (AZ Sen. John McCain eked out a 50-49% win there in ’08; George W. Bush took 58% in ’04). Pearce held this seat from ’02-’08, when he decided to make an ill-fated run for SEN. During those three cycles, he held a lock on the seat, never winning with less than 56%. Pearce is a strong challenger, and this race is sure to be one of the top pickup opportunities for GOPers this cycle….”

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