Magazine article Politics Magazine

New Mexico

Magazine article Politics Magazine

New Mexico

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WHO SAYS THE long Democratic primary season will hurt the party in the general election? Not New Mexico Democrats. According to state Democratic Party spokesperson Conchita Cruz, the party is receiving help from a large crop of excited and energized volunteers who signed up during the hotly contested Democratic primary.

These volunteers have been put to work in each of the state's 33 counties, focusing on a grassroots GOTV effort. Like many states this election season, New Mexico Dems are using their own version of the Democratic National Committee's 50-state strategy, putting staff in areas where Democrats had little to no presence during the 2004 presidential campaign.

As of the beginning of September, New Mexico Democrats had opened 35 field offices with plans to open more before the elections. That's a vast difference from 2004, says Cruz, when the state party had only five field offices statewide. Seventeen of these offices are located in rural areas, some in counties where President George Bush won by 70 percent in 2004.

"What we hadn't seen [in previous elections] are a lot of trips outside of Albuquerque," says Josh Geise, executive director of the New Mexico state Democrats. …

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