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  D e s e r t   E x p o s u r e    August 2008


The Tumbleweeds Top 10


Who and what's been making news from New Mexico this past month, as measured by mentions in Google News (news.google.com), which tracks 4,500 worldwide news sources (trends noted are vs. last month's total hits; * indicates new to the list). Number in parenthesis indicates last month's Top 10 rank. With a slow news month and the general election heating up, we mark the return of New Mexico's "battleground" status, last seen in 2004. But is this the end of the Richardson veep watch?

  1. (#1 last month) Gov. Bill Richardson — 1,609 hits (down)
  2. (-) New Mexico "battleground state" — 1,531 hits*
  3. (2) New Mexico Senate race — 595 hits (down)
  4. (-) New Mexico border fence — 291 hits (up)
  5. (-) New Mexico illegal immigration — 288 hits (up)
  6. (5) Sen. Jeff Bingaman — 256 hits (down)
  7. (3) Sen. Pete Domenici — 203 hits (down)
  8. (4) Gov. Bill Richardson + vice president — 189 hits (down)
  9. (6) Senate candidate Rep. Tom Udall — 92 hits (down)
  10. (8) New Mexico Border Patrol — 88 hits (down)


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