In New Mexico, incumbent Governor Susana Martinez has opened up a commanding 18% lead over Attorney General Gary King in an Albuquerque Journal poll. Real Clear Politics has moved this race into the "Likely GOP" column. A commanding win in a "blue" state would make Martinez, a former district attorney, a credible possibility for the 2016 national ticket.
In Colorado, the Denver Post has the race too close to call. RCP calls it a toss-up. Unlike Kitzhaber, Hickenlooper may pay a political price for his death penalty weaseling. The Post says "only" 18% consider that a "major factor" in their decision, but 18% is a lot in a tight race. Of course, it depends on how many of those 18% are swing voters as opposed to people who would vote for the proverbial yellow dog before Hickenlooper, but given the across-the-political board support for the death penalty we often see in "crosstabs," with even self-designated "liberals" split about even, I have to think at least a couple percent of those 18 are people who might have otherwise voted for Hickenlooper.