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Saturday, January 30, 2010

(Updated) Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino Wins Taos County Dems Lt. Gov. Straw Poll; Claims 24/48 Delegates

Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino

Update: I heard from the Brian Colón campaign and was informed that, according to their data collected on delegates pledging to vote for Colón, Brian received "between 12 and 14 hard yeses" from delegates elected in Taos County. They stressed that they believe their count is very accurate. The campaign also told me they secured well over their 30 percent delegate goal in Valencia County.
The Taos County Democratic Party held a straw poll last night on the Lt. Governor race, and Sen. Jerry Ortiz Y Pino came out on top by a healthy margin, according to information provided by Jerry's campaign:

  • Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino 41%
  • Lawrence Rael 28%
  • Rep. Joe Campos 28%
  • Sen. Linda Lopez 2.6%
  • Brian Colón 0%

All of the Dem Lt. Gov. candidates except Brian Colón spoke to attendees before the vote. Colón sent a statement to be read to the group.

Today, the Taos County Dems voted to elect delegates who will attend the Party's Pre-Primary Convention set for March 13 at the Buffalo Thunder Resort in Pojoaque. The results were very similar to the straw vote the night before.

Ortiz Y Pino Wins at Least 24/48 Delegates:
According to Steve Cabiedes of Ortiz y Pino's campaign, at least 24 delegates who plan to vote for Jerry will go to the Pre-Primary, out of the 48 delegates Taos County will send -- or 50% of the total. Cabiedes believes Rael and Campos each got about 25% of the delegates, while Lopez got one delegate and Colón got none. He said the campaign was very happy with the results, and that Taos County was one of their targeted areas.

It's hard to get an exact count because folks vote for delegates, not candidates. However, Cabiedes said he was confident about the numbers because the campaigns make contacts within each county and keep tabs on people who say they'll vote for each candidate. When folks are elected as delegates, the campaigns have a pretty good idea who they'll vote for at the Party Convention.

The only other straw poll of LG candidates took place at the December meeting of the Sandoval County Dems. The vote results there were: Brian Colón 39, Rep. Joe Campos 33, Lawrence Rael 27, Sen. Jerry Ortiz y Pino 25 and Sen. Linda Lopez 11.

Democratic candidates must receive at least 20% of the statewide votes at the Pre-Primary Convention to get their names on the June primary ballot without having to gather additional petition signatures. The number of votes also determines the order the names will be printed on the ballot.

The Mora County Dem Party is also holding its delegate election today, with 8 slots at stake. Delegate ward elections in Bernalillo County are set for this coming Thursday evening, February 4. By far the largest of the county parties in the state, Bernalillo Dems will send a total of 610 delegates to the state Pre-Primary -- or about 40% of the total.

January 30, 2010 at 05:01 PM in 2010 NM Lt. Governor Race, Brian Colon, Democratic Party, Jerry Ortiz y Pino, Joe Campos, Lawrence Rael, Linda Lopez, Taos | Permalink


Great News! Apparently people up there in Taos can see substance, and for sure it is not because of money spent on advertising.

I think that, in the wake of the Supreme Court case, anyone showing signs of having a lot of money to spend, ought to be considered suspicious!

In most states the Lt. Gov job generally is to parade around as a grand poobah and behind the scenes to assure the big business interests that nothing is really going to rock their boat.

There is a chance here to elect the right guy at the right time for the job - just this once.

Posted by: Stuart | Jan 30, 2010 10:46:21 PM

I think it depends how the candidate is raising money. Many running for office raise money from thousands of people. There's nothing wrong with that.

Posted by: Jan | Jan 31, 2010 9:53:15 AM

Sen. Ortiz y Pino is a great candidate and a real progressive. I'm not sure he's running an effective enough campaign to get elected though. I hope he is reaching out beyond the usual progressive areas.

Posted by: Larry | Jan 31, 2010 12:58:03 PM

Since I am working hard on Jerry's campaign I will answer Larry's comment. Jerry is working very hard to get every vote from every person who wants an honest, progressive candidate with a very strong track record of service. He is not appealing to any fat-cat special interests.

Terry Riley

Posted by: Terry Riley | Jan 31, 2010 4:15:55 PM

I don't think any of these lt gov candidates are appealing to "fat-cat interests." That's why this is such a good race.

Posted by: Old Dem | Jan 31, 2010 5:09:08 PM

I was very heartened by the county convention result of our campaign for Jerry Ortiz y Pino in Taos County. We have gotten delegates to the state convention who didn't consider themselves progressive democrats but have that same mindset.
I don't think the label matters as much as the belief system and I think we are showing that, person by person, without a million dollars, we can get the votes.

Posted by: suzanne tauber | Feb 1, 2010 8:30:02 AM