Poll: Berry has lead in Albuquerque mayoral race

September 8, 2013 • State News

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — There’s a month remaining in the Albuquerque mayoral election, and incumbent Richard Berry appears to have a commanding lead.

A poll commissioned by the Albuquerque Journal ( shows Berry had support from [auth] 63 percent of likely voters in a telephone survey conducted during Sept. 3-5.

Democratic challenger Pete Dinelli had support from 18 percent and Republican Paul Heh had 2 percent. Seventeen percent of those surveyed were undecided.

The winning candidate in the Oct. 8 election must have at least 50 percent of the vote to avoid a runoff election.

The survey done by Albuquerque-based Research and Polling Inc. shows Berry, a Republican, draws support across party lines. Among Democrats, he had support from 41 percent of those surveyed.

In 2009, Berry became the city’s first Republican mayor in 24 years.

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