New Mexico Democratic Rep. Martin Heinrich has opened up a nine point lead over former GOP Rep. Heather Wilson in the state's Senate race, according to a new poll conducted for a coalition of environmental groups including the League of Conservation voters.
Heinrich leads Wilson 50 percent to 41 percent -- a jump up from the last poll the Democratic Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates conducted, a little over a month ago, which showed Heinrich leading Wilson 49 percent to 45 percent.
Wilson's favorables are at 45 percent in the survey, while 42 percent see her unfavorably. Those numbers are unchanged from the group's previous poll (Heinrich's favorability wasn't included in either polling memo).
Both sides have been aggressively up on the airwaves since the June 5 primary: Environmental groups are attacking Wilson, while the former congresswoman and GOP-aligned groups including Crossroads GPS have been hitting Heinrich. Most polls have showed a close Senate race in a state President Obama is favored to win this year.
The Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates poll of 502 likely voters was conducted for a coalition of environmental groups including the League of Conservation voters. It was conducted from August 5 - 7 and carries a margin of error +/- 4.4 percent.