A little over a year ago, the world was abuzz over the death of New York Gov.
Mario Cuomo, who was a Democrat and had a relatively popular job.
His successor as governor, Phil Murphy, is a Republican, and they are both Democrats.
And both are facing a midterm election that will be very important to the future of their states.
This is the same state that has seen the most recent wave of voter suppression, in which Democrats and Republicans were able to block access to voter ID laws and other measures to help minority voters.
But what if the two sides of the aisle had something in common?
The question was posed in a tweet from Twitter user “Laughing At the Dead.”
Murphy and Cuomo have the same name, but the state of New Mexico is a bit different.
The state, which was created in 1921, is the last remaining “federalist” state, the term used by former President Theodore Roosevelt.
That means that New Mexicans get to choose their own federal laws, like who gets to vote in the Senate and House of Representatives, and what they can do with their voting rights.
“It’s a little odd,” said Alex M. Johnson, a political scientist at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
“They have different political philosophies and different views of the federal government, but they are the same country, and their states have very similar demographics.”
In theory, New Mexico’s political history would lend itself to an odd mix.
Its population is almost exactly the same as the rest of the country.
The only state that isn’t is Hawaii.
It is the only state in the contiguous United States that is also home to a major Native American population.
New Mexico also borders Arizona, which has been the epicenter of Republican-backed border wall construction and has been a sanctuary state for undocumented immigrants.
New Mexican Democrats are hoping to keep the country’s borders open for tourism and business, which could help bolster their state’s economy.
New Mexicans are already an enthusiastic Democratic state.
Last year, nearly half of New Mexicans who participated in the midterm elections in the state were Democrats, and nearly 40 percent were registered Republicans, according to exit polls.
That compares with nearly a third of the entire country.
So what would happen if Murphy and Murphy’s successor, Phil Schiliro, took the reins?
A Trump-type president might not make a big splash in New Mexico.
But it would be a different story if Schiliros successor was a Republican.
If Murphy was a conservative Republican, his successor would have to contend with a president who is not only willing to cut social services and support for the poor, but also is opposed to climate change, which Schilios predecessor was not.
And if Murphy were a liberal Democrat, his Republican successor would be faced with the kind of conservative policies that were anathema to New Mexicans, who would be even less likely to support him.
If you can’t be the best of the best, who can you be?
That is a question Murphy’s supporters are hoping he will be able to answer.
“I don’t think anyone wants to hear that he’s going to be a moderate,” said John Fetter, an election analyst with the Albuquerque-based Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.
“But that’s not what he’s done.”
The Republican-controlled state Legislature has already passed a slew of measures aimed at helping Murphy’s administration.
They include a measure that requires a $1,000 signature from the person who registers to vote, and another that requires all New Mexicans to wear a face-covering headgear for the first time.
Schilirols predecessor, former New Mexico Gov.
Andrew Cuomo, was a vocal supporter of those measures.
But Schiliropes successor, Murphy, has been much more moderate, according a poll conducted by the Albuquerque Journal in December.
“He is a more centrist politician, which is the opposite of Cuomo,” said Brian Murphy, Schilirogue’s campaign manager.
“That’s why New Mexicans want to vote for him.”
Murphy’s team also points to a bill passed by the state Legislature that would give local governments the power to enact voter ID requirements, which would be in addition to the state-issued ID cards that New Mexico has.
A recent New York Times poll found that a majority of New Yorkers — 55 percent — support an increase in voter ID in the wake of a string of recent elections in which voters have been disenfranchised.
The poll also found that 73 percent of New Mexican voters favor expanding voting rights for immigrants in the United States.
That includes a bipartisan proposal by a bipartisan coalition of senators to give immigrant-rights groups the ability to obtain driver’s licenses, even if they have a criminal record.
“If you want to make it easier for people to get a driver’s license, it’s easy to get an ID,” said Jessica Vaughan, the executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, which advocates for immigrants.
“And so it’s just going