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Morning Word: National Poll Shows Presidential Race Essentially Tied

Mike Pence says New Mexico is

November 3, 2016, 7:30 am
Pence Rallies Las Cruces Crowd
Republican vice presidential candidate Mike Pence campaigned in Las Cruces on Wednesday. He told supporters he thinks New Mexico is “coming together” for the Trump ticket.
Republican Rep. Steve Pearce, who represents southern New Mexico, restated his support for Trump at the rally. “I hear people every day expressing concerns about what Trump says,” Pearce said. “I’m more worried about what she does, I will just tell you that.”
A new Washington Post/ABC poll shows Trump and Clinton essentially tied a week before the election.

Timing of Audit’s Release Questioned
Justin Horwath reports, “Just six days before the election, Democratic State Auditor Tim Keller released a report identifying shortcomings in how the town of Estancia handled $1.6 million in taxpayers’ money.”
State Sen. Ted Barela, a Republican fighting to retain his seat in a battleground district, served as Estancia’s mayor during a portion of the audit period. Keller’s timing in releasing the special audit immediately became political fodder in Barela’s race against Democrat Liz Stefanics, a contest that could help determine which party controls the state Senate.
Students Sign Anti-Gun Violence Pledge
New Mexico had the eighth-worst firearm death rate in the country in 2014, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s most recent data, and students in Santa Fe are taking note by signing anti-gun violence pledges for the third year in a row.

Johnson Criticized for Missing Mark
Despite his gaffes, Gary Johnson insists it’s been a banner year for the Libertarian Party. Others complain the former New Mexico governor’s presidential campaign missed the mark this election cycle.

State Agency Budget Director Busted for Computer Theft
Andrew Oxford reports that the budget director for the state’s Game and Fish Department was arrested by New Mexico State Police on Tuesday. Kelly Muniz is charged with stealing more than $13,000 worth of computers from the Department of Health, where she worked previously.

Drillers Allowed to ‘Skip’ State Rent Payments
So the New Mexico State Land Office has decided to let some struggling oil and gas producers skip rent until the industry turns around and they start drilling again.

Thanksgiving Travel Expected to be Busy
If you’re planning to fly during the crowded Thanksgiving holiday, you can expect even busier airports and fuller flights. Travel experts estimate holiday travel will be up 2.5 percent this year.

Cubs Comeback Complete
The Chicago Cubs finally won the World Series again by beating the Cleveland Indians in the 10th inning, 8-7. The team last took the title in 1908. The Cubs, who won 103 games this year, are also the first team to come back from a 3-1 series deficit since the Kansas City Royals did it in 1985. The Indians haven’t won the series since 1948.

 

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