Florida’s Sen. Marco Rubio Campaigns for Heather Wilson

Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., spoke in support of senatorial candidate Heather Wilson who shares the podium with Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Barry Wednesday at Tiguex Park near Old Town. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

A crowd of some 300 people cheer as, from left, Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Barry, Gov. Susana Martinez, Heather Wilson and Sen. Marco Rubio take the stage Wednesday for a Wilson political rally in Tiguex Park. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

By Carol A. Clark

ALBUQUERQUE — U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., campaigned for Republican Senate candidate Heather Wilson Wednesday at a political rally in Tiguex Park.

Gov. Susana Martinez, Lt. Gov. John Sanchez, Albuquerque Mayor R.J. Berry and congressional candidates Janice Arnold Jones and Jeff Byrd also spoke at the rally. Matt Rush emceed the event.

Rubio told the crowd of some 300 people, “You have to send us Heather Wilson.”

Gov. Susana Martinez encouraged everyone to vote for Wilson saying, “I need her in Washington to help me return economic vitality to New Mexico.”

Rubio attended a second rally held for Wilson Wednesday morning in Mesilla near Las Cruces at which the governor also participated. 

Rubio is the fourth Republican senator to campaign in New Mexico on Wilson’s behalf. In September, Sens. John McCain of Arizona, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Lindsey Graham of South Carolina campaigned together in New Mexico for Wilson.

The latest polls show Wilson trailing Democrat Martin Heinrich by nine points but she maintains confidence that victory is within reach.

“This will be a very, very close election … a thousand, two thousand votes either way,” Wilson said. “Momentum is with us, and we need to get everybody out to vote.”

In Santa Fe Wednesday, Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts spoke at a private fundraiser for Heinrich.

Gov. Susana Martinez., center, prepares to address the crowd as Mayor Barry and Heather Wilson wait their turn to speak. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Gov. Susana Martinez encourages the crowd to vote for Heather Wilson for the U.S. senate saying, “I need her in Washington to help me return economic vitality to New Mexico.” Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Heather Wilson’s Los Alamos Campaign Chair JoAnn Johnson, left, traveled to Tiguex Park in Albuqueruqe Wednesday for the Wilson rally. Wilson is entering the park behind Johnson with Sen. Marco Rubio and Gov. Susana Martinez. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

The crowd hears a number of speakers express support for Heather Wilson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Lt. Gov. John Sanchez advocates for Heather Wilson. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Heather Wilson’s Los Alamos Campaign Chair JoAnn Johnson, center, poses for a photo with Heather Wilson and her son Josh Hone following Wednesday’s rally at Tiguex Park in Albuquerque. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

Senatorial candidate Heather Wilson speaks with children at Wednesday’s rally. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.com

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