(CNN) - Bill Clinton will continue his week of campaigning and fundraising Thursday in New Mexico when he stumps for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Diane Denish.
Clinton is lending his political prowess to Denish, who worked with the former president when she chaired the New Mexico Democratic Party and campaigned for his wife, Hillary Clinton, in the state's 2008 presidential caucus.
Denish, who is New Mexico's lieutenant governor, trails Republican district attorney Susana Martinez in recent polls. Martinez is the first Hispanic woman to win a major party nomination for governor in the state.
The winner will replace current Gov. Bill Richardson, who is term limited.
On Friday, Clinton will head to California to campaign with Rep. Loretta Sanchez. He campaigned in Nevada and Arkansas earlier in the week.
The New Mexico race is ranked as "tossup" by the Cook Political Report and "tossup/tilt Republican" by the Rothenberg Political Report.
–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser contributed to this report