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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The state canvassing board has certified Joe Biden's win in New Mexico, delivering the state's five electoral votes to the Democrat. Approval came Tuesday as the board met remotely amid the surging pandemic.

Biden’s victory without a campaign visit to New Mexico extended a string of victories for his party in a state where Democratic voters outnumber Republicans by 14 percentage points. However, Biden's margin of victory fell short of that margin because of significant Republican turnout in some parts of the state.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump's flailing attempt to cling to office after voters decisively chose to oust him has taken the country into a dark and fictional place.

According to falsehoods being told on his behalf and embraced by him, the U.S. election was manipulated by scheming from a dead Venezuelan strongman, by a computer system capable of flipping Trump votes to Joe Biden ones across the country, and by something weird happening in Germany. If that's not enough, the communists are coming.

None of this happened. None of it is true.

LAS CRUCES, NM – Three precincts in Doña Ana County were randomly selected by the New Mexico Secretary of State’s Office to be included in a required post-election system check, which is one of many audits conducted to ensure accuracy in the voting process. The office is scheduled to begin the check on Monday, November 23, at 9:00 am at 2480 Lakeside Dr., Las Cruces, NM.

The three precincts are 31, 33, and 112. To view a map of all precincts in the Doña Ana County area, please go to https://donaanacounty.org/elections/maps.

Las Cruces Area College Democrats And Republicans Look To The Future Following Election

Nov 17, 2020

College Democrats and Republicans are looking to the future following this month's election.  

Isaiah Torres of the New Mexico State University College Democrats says he's encouraged by the increase in voter turnout and President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

“This just really shows that Americans now really do care about politics and how politics can play in their lives and I have a lot of expectations from the Biden- Kamala Harris administration.”

President Donald Trump acknowledged Biden's victory in a tweet, saying quote "he won," but Trump refuses to concede.

Dwight Kealy

Following each Presidential election, the media talks about "red" and "blue" states.  But in most cases, that's highly misleading.  

Yes, it's true that the electoral college system generally allocates all electoral votes to the candidate who wins a state's popular vote (Maine and Nebraska also allocate electoral votes by individual Congressional districts).  But it's hardly accurate to call a state "red" or "blue" when the winning candidate captures 51 percent of the electorate.

Moreover, calling a state "red" or "blue" associates that state with Republican or Democratic policies.  So, what to make of Florida?  About 51% of voters there chose Donald Trump for President. But 61% voted for a $15 minimum wage, a policy almost universally derided by Republican politicians.

HOUSTON (AP) — A conservative group has dropped its voter fraud lawsuits in four states days after the group’s leader made baseless allegations questioning the integrity of the election.

Lawyers for True the Vote filed notices to dismiss their cases in Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania on Monday, less than a week after suing in all four states.

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump appears to have acknowledged for the first time that Joe Biden won the White House election. But Trump is making clear he's not conceding and will keep trying to overturn the result. Trump’s statements come in tweets that include several baseless claims about the Nov. 3 election, which state and federal officials say was safe and secure. Without using Biden's name, Trump tweets that “he won,” something Trump hasn't said before publicly. But Trump says the Democrat’s victory was only “in the eyes” of the media. There has been no widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Election officials from both political parties have stated publicly that the election went well and international observers confirmed there were no serious irregularities.

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  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump rebelled this past week against Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election with denial, delay and outright misrepresentation. Trump raged about widespread cases of fake ballots that aren't so and undertook legal challenges that even state GOP election officials say can't overcome Biden’s lead.

As the coronavirus surged nationwide, Trump said little about public safety measures. Instead he tried to take full credit for drugmaker Pfizer Inc.’s news that its COVID-19 vaccine may be 90% effective and suggested the mission was basically done.

His assertions on both matters are untrue.

On Saturday, Nov. 7, just after the presidential race was called for Biden, hundreds turned up on the steps of the state’s capital for a rally against election results--though there has not yet been evidence of fraud. And a quick content warning: This story contains antagonism based in transphobia.  


  WASHINGTON (AP) — The most direct attempt to undermine the integrity of the U.S. election with bad information came not from overseas sources or online liars but from a president standing behind the presidential seal at the White House and facing his defeat.

In the hours before his election loss Saturday, President Donald Trump spoke of “horror stories” in voting and counting across the land, but his stories were wrong. Election officials, Democrats and some Republicans blanched at his baseless recitation of sinister doings and his effort to delegitimize democracy's highest calling.

But he did not stop even after Pennsylvania delivered the presidency to Democrat Joe Biden.

Yvette Herrell (left) and Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small (right)

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A top-ranked Democrat offered assurances Friday that legislative districts will be redrawn in a “fair, open, and transparent process” as the Legislature initiates the redistricting process. New Mexico House Speaker Brian Egolf made the remarks on Friday amid criticism for earlier remarks about redrawing the 2nd Congressional District after the defeat of the district's incumbent Democratic congresswoman. Democrats retained substantial majorities in the Legislature in Tuesday’s election. The election was the last before U.S. House and state legislative districts across the nation must be redrawn to balance the number of residents based on the 2020 census.

This week, Newsmakers features Nate Hegyi from the Mountain West News Bureau to talk about his podcast "Facing West: Across the Great Divide" and the 900-mile bicycle trek he took in August and September, 2020.

 

  AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — More than 800 mail ballots were found in Texas mail processing facilities and delivered to county election officials between Tuesday and Wednesday, according to the U.S. Postal Service. According to the document submitted by USPS on Wednesday, 815 ballots were found across the state between the two sweeps and transported to county election facilities. Only two ballots in the Wichita Falls area were marked for overnight transport “due to travel time.” USPS did not respond to a request for comment from The Associated Press on whether those two ballots had arrived in time to be counted. 

 

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  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Leading state lawmakers are laying plans for the next legislative session in January after an election that ushered in a new slate of progressive Democrats to the state Senate. A meeting of House and Senate leaders with legal counsel is scheduled Friday as the Legislature initiates the process of redrawing legislative district boundaries and discusses the executive powers that the governor commands in response to the coronavirus. Democrats retained substantial majorities in the Legislature in Tuesday’s election. At the same time, several conservative-leaning Democrats won’t return to the state Senate next year after primary election losses, including the Senate president and gatekeepers for tax policy and state spending decisions.

Harold Pope, Jr.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Tuesday's election is transforming the New Mexico Legislature to look more like the population it represents. Residents on the outskirts of Albuquerque are choosing an African American senator for the first time in New Mexico's 108-year history as a state. Retired Air Force Captain Harold Pope Jr. says he didn't make his campaign about race, but he is proud to break the barrier. He says he hopes to be a role model for young people of color. Pope is joined be two recently elected openly LGBT senators, bringing the total to four. In the House, a majority of representatives will be women for the first time.

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Citing “horror stories,” President Donald Trump unleashed a torrent of fabricated accusations Thursday in an audacious attempt to undermine the legitimacy of the U.S. election.

Standing behind the presidential seal, Trump used a White House setting symbolizing the power of his office to assail an election he portrayed as rife with fraud and corruption. One allegation after another had no basis in fact, such as his accusation that election officials in Pennsylvania and Detroit tried to ban election observers from polling stations.

Yvette Herrell (left) and Rep. Xochitl Torres-Small (right)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A day after Republicans won back New Mexico's only conservative-leaning congressional district, a top state Democrat says its boundaries will be redrawn.

House Speaker Brian Egolf has suggested there could be implications for Republicans holding on to the seat. The redistricting process this time will be guided by the Democratic-controlled Legislature and Democratic Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. Democrats also dominate the state Supreme Court, which could decide any legal disputes. Political experts have said there’s more temptation to pass a partisan plan when the executive and legislative branches are held by the same party.

Republicans say Egolf's focus should instead be on addressing the state's problems.

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, New Mexico made history by electing its first U.S. House delegation composed of all women of color. Yvette Herrell, Teresa Leger Fernandez and Deb Haaland also make up the largest ever all-woman House delegation to Congress.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democrats have expanded their control of the New Mexico Legislature, giving momentum to progressive priorities on recreational marijuana, education and abortion rights. But Republicans reclaimed a conservative-leaning congressional district in southern New Mexico and fended off some progressive Democrats who had unseated centrists in legislative primaries. Democrats successfully defended legislative majorities in the state House and Senate, and women expanded their political representation in both chambers. Three Senate races and five House races are still undecided. County election boards are wrapping up counts Wednesday of a few thousand outstanding absentee and provisional ballots.

Republican Isabella Solis was defeated by incumbent Democrat Joanne Ferrary.  Solis spoke about her experience talking to voters on the campaign trail.

 

“I’ve had some really good interactions,” Solis said. “Of course, you know, kind of socially distancing, but it was a really good communication. People were concerned about the, you know, the pandemic of course, but they were also concerned about their students getting back to school. Education seemed to be the biggest thing that people were concerned, and then the other was the social security for the elderly, or for the seniors, that double tax on social security was another big topic."

 

She also shared her hopes for the state to reopen and recover from the pandemic, emphasizing she does not want to be guided by fear. 

 

“We cannot lead our country or our state by fear, and sooner or later we're going to have to get back to normal," Solis said. "And I think that people are really looking for that normality. You know, they get really anxious, to be able to gather and just be with their families." 

   

Doña Ana County Voter Turnout Surpasses 82,500

Nov 4, 2020

LAS CRUCES, NM – Doña Ana County’s total general election turnout surpassed 82,500 voters with a little more than 40,000 early in-person voters, a little more than 27,500 absentee voters, and almost 15,000 voters who cast ballots on Election Day. The county is home to a little less than 129,000 registered voters.

“The turnout in this election, occurring in the midst of a pandemic, represents such an incredible demonstration of community and civic duty,” Chief Deputy Clerk Lindsey Bachman said. “I am equally inspired by the hundreds of voters that stepped forward to serve as poll workers on the frontlines of democracy, and I am incredibly grateful to the men and women of the County Clerk’s Office for their dedication and determination to see that this election was successfully administered.”

State Rep. Joanne Ferrary of Las Cruces

State Senator Joanne Ferrary has won reelection and discusses recovery, economic growth and the unprecedented election. KC Counts spoke with Ferrary before results were in on Tuesday.

Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small Loses Bid For Second Term

Nov 3, 2020

Congresswoman Xochitl Torres Small offers remarks to a virtual audience during a Democratic Party of New Mexico election night event.  She was defeated by Republican Yvette Herrell.

  

State Senate District 35 winner, Republican Crystal Diamond, reacts to John Arthur Smith's defeat in the primary, economic growth and legislative challenges awaiting lawmakers in January.

  SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján has won the U.S. Senate race in New Mexico to succeed retiring Sen. Tom Udall. The six-term congressman from northern New Mexico defeated Republican former television meteorologist Mark Ronchetti and Libertarian scientist Bob Walsh. Luján rose to the No. 4 position in Democratic House leadership and ran uncontested in the primary before being endorsed by Udall in the general election. Luján’s election marks a resurgence of Latino political leadership in a state with the largest share of Hispanic residents. His campaign emphasized support for Affordable Care Act consumer health protections and highlighted President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

State Senate District 38 winner Democrat Carrie Hamblen talks about recovery, the economy and election night.

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Neomi Martinez-Parra stressed that healthcare and education should be top priorities for New Mexico.  She was defeated by Republican Crystal Diamond.

“Speaking to voters, the number one concerns that voters have had right now is COVID, and healthcare. And of course education, so I think we need to look at those,” Martinez-Parra said.  

She also talked about her campaigning efforts, saying she felt that the campaign did everything they could possibly do to ensure victory, even highlighting the ways they campaigned during the pandemic.

“You know, we had to resort to other things like mail and Facebook and lots of other email,” Martinez-Parra said. “So it's been different, but we were able to do it, even in the primary, and the nice thing about it is that people are home. And so we've had some wonderful conversations with voters.”

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Republican Yvette Herrell has won the race in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District, defeating incumbent Rep. Xochitl Torres Small. She says boosting the economy is the most important issue for the state.  

“My top priority is really the people of New Mexico. Certainly, we want to work on getting our economy reopened, pushing on the federal level to ensure the tools are available to our small businesses. They are the backbone of our economy,” Herrell said. “Let's really look at reforming health care, we can do so with protecting preexisting conditions, but we can put transparency in it and provide a free-market atmosphere where we know that companies and physicians will actually compete for our business.” 

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez has won a seat in Congress to succeed allied U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján. The Latina attorney and consultant to indigenous communities defeated Republican engineer Alexis Johnson. Fernandez will become the first woman to represent the 3rd Congressional District that spans northern New Mexico. Democrats rallied around Leger Fernandez in a seven-way primary election that included former CIA operative Valerie Plame. Johnson campaigned as a conservative political outsider in a district where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans nearly 2-1. She was cited by police in July for refusing to wear a face mask in public in Santa Fe.

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