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 (http://bit.ly/17JEzY4) shows Berry had support from 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.