Richardson meets voters in a Manchester, New Hampshire diner over the weekend.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - He may be in the lower tier in the national polls, but New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson is the clear favorite in a new presidential survey in his home state.
The Democratic White House hopeful registers at 44% in a new Albuquerque Journal poll of likely Democratic primary voters. Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-New York, is a distant second at 17%. Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, and former Sen. John Edwards, D-North Carolina, are each tied at 8%.
Richardson is a former congressman, who also served as U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Energy Secretary under President Bill Clinton. He returned to New Mexico and won election as governor in 2002 and was easily re-elected last year.
While Richardson is the front runner in his home state, it’s a different story for him nationally. The governor is in single digits in just about every national poll taken recently.
As for the early voting states, Richardson is showing promise in Iowa and New Hampshire, though he is not doing as well in South Carolina. In Iowa, the man who hopes to be America’s first Latino president, is now registering in double digits. Richardson has campaigned extensively and advertised heavily in this kick-off state in the presidential nominating process.
He is in fourth place in most recent state polls in New Hampshire, the site of the nation's first primary. But in South Carolina, which holds the first Southern primary, Richardson is in single digits.
The Albuquerque Journal poll, conducted by Research and Polling, questioned 407 likely Democratic Primary voters in New Mexico between September 4th and 7th. It’s margin of error is plus or minus five percentage points.
– CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser
This is further proof why people need to take a closer look at Bill Richardson.
The people who know him best *overwhelmingly* choose him for the nomination. I live in Arizona and have always heard positive things from people who live in NM (except the die-hard republicans).
Take a poll in Massachussetts...and see how Mitt Romney does. I bet it's nowhere near as strong.
Probably the only place he is favored.
I am constantly amazed at the media who continue to cite National polls, which have absolutely no relevance in this presidential race and only serve to fill in news copy.
First, the only polls that mean anything are state polls, because the candidates are running in individual states (we don't have a national primary, not yet anyway).
Second, every single national poll I have seen is sadly lacking in the size of their statistical sample. For example, American Research Group's polls, which seem to be fairly accurate at the state level, uses a 600 person sample for its poll in Iowa. Guess how large its sample is for the entire United States? That magical 600 number. How can a sample for Iowa be 600, a state populated by 1% of the nation's citizens, be the same sample size for the entire country? If you divide it strictly on the number of states, that would give 12 to each state. But that's not right, since Iowa would get 12 with its 3 million citizens, compared to California's 36 million, or 12 times the size. Did the national poll quiz 144 Californians, which would be the accurate size of a 600 person national sample? Somehow I doubt it.
Yet, you, and mainstream medias newscasters continue to quote national polls as if they are holy writ. When you do a 60,000 person sample (comparable to the size of the sample for state polls), then you might get an accurate reading (as long as the questions aren't skewed or limit the questions to only three candidates).
Get it right, CNN. You're supposed to be the best political team ever!
But of course. But only because more than half the voting population is from Mexico that support his open borders policy..
Wow, governor leads in his home state!!! Who would have thunk it?
It is too bad the rest of the country (thanks to 'national polls' and powerhouse media centers like CNN who hardly recognize candidates that 'don't have a chance') won't recognize the great ideas and spirit in Bill Richardson.
I personally didn't know much about him but started reading up on him ever since the last Democratic debate. He is remarkable and would be a great asset to our country. He, like Barack Obama, is honest and tells it like it is.
I would love to see him in the White House!