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While the 47% approval, 50% disapproval showing isn't terrible, it is a dramatic reversal for someone who once was widely loved in New Mexico. Richardson hit 70% approval on several occasions according to SurveyUSA.
This is a clear reflection that New Mexico residents have taken notice of the pay-to-play allegations against the governor. That, combined with the selection of a Richardson foe as the state Senate's leader, could make for a rocky next couple of years for Richardson and could even complicate the gubernatorial bid of Democratic Lt. Gov. Diane Denish.
Another governor who is hurting: Arnold Schwarzenegger, who registered his highest SurveyUSA disapproval ever, at 68%.
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