The presidential election results may have more of an effect on New Mexico than many may think.
The candidates have polarized the major parties this election season, creating gridlock and a divided government, said Lonna Rae Atkeson, director for the Center for the Study of Voting, Elections, and Democracy.
The general population sees this, and any election, as a type of sporting event, she said. People get caught up in the excitement of winning and losing.
Once the competition is over, people typically accept the results, and the president goes into office with higher approval ratings than before, Atkeson said.
This election, though, seems to be different.