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11/9/12 New Mexico in Focus Audio: Episode 619

This week, NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS recaps some of the most surprising races and overarching themes that developed in New Mexico’s elections. The Line opinion panel takes an in-depth look at what factors may have played big roles in some of the upsets.

The Line also looks ahead to the new faces that might possibly emerge as the Democratic leadership in the next legislature, and how election results will affect the legislative session and the Governor’s agenda.

Producer Matt Grubs sits down with Jay McCleskey, political strategist and key adviser to Governor Martinez, to talk about campaign tactics, the changing face of the legislature, the impact of independent political committees on the election, and what’s in store come January.

NMIF also talks to former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson about his wish for a strong third party candidate to upset the two-party system, and why he still thinks he would have been the best choice for president.

Gary Johnson, Former New Mexico Governor and Libertarian Presidential Nominee
Jay McCleskey, Political Strategist

Jim Monteleone, Political Reporter, Albuquerque Journal
Gabriel Sanchez, UNM Political Science Professor

THE LINE Panelists:
Jamie Estrada, Former U.S. Commerce Department Official
Laura E. Sanchez, Attorney

Correspondent: Matt Grubs

Host/Commentator: Gene Grant

The Producer of NEW MEXICO IN FOCUS is Matt Grubs. Associate Producer is Kathy Wimmer. Funding for this program was provided in part by the McCune Foundation. Subscribe to the New Mexico in Focus Podcast on iTunes.