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SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican election observers are expressing frustration as Santa Fe County officials spent a fourth day tallying absentee ballots from Tuesday’s primary election.

Presiding ballot judge Paul D’Arcy said that seven more people joined the vote-count effort, with several thousand uncounted ballots remaining on Friday.

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A Republican congressional primary remained undecided as local election regulators in northern New mexico tallied a deluge of absentee ballots.

Vote tabulation was stretching into a third day on Thursday in Santa Fe County, as three Republicans competed for the 3rd Congressional District nomination and the chance to succeed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Lujan as he runs for U.S. Senate.

Senator Mary Kay Papen (D)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Two key leaders in the New Mexico Senate have lost their primary bids amid a push by liberal advocacy groups to unseat Democratic lawmakers who have resisted their progressive agenda.

Senate President Mary Kay Papen of Las Cruces and Senate finance committee leader John Arthur Smith of Deming were defeated as more votes were tallied Wednesday.

Papen lost to Carrie Hamblen, the CEO of the Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce. Neomi Martinez-Parra of Lordsburg, a former vice chairwoman of the state Democratic Party, defeated Smith.

Mark Ronchetti / Courtesy photo

  With 96 percent of precincts reporting, former Albuquerque TV weatherman Mark Ronchetti has won the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.  In November, Ronchetti will face Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Lujan, who did not face an opponent in Tuesday's primary.

1,842 of 1,924 precincts - 96 percent

x-Mark Ronchetti 83,880 - 56 percent

Elisa Martinez 38,960 - 26 percent

Gavin Clarkson 26,107 - 18 percent

Senator John Arthur Smith (second from right) / Adria Malcolm for Searchlight New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Another Senate Democrat has lost his bid for the party's nomination after a coalition of liberal advocacy groups worked hard during the primary campaign to unseat lawmakers who have been resistant to their progressive agenda.

Incumbent Clemente Sanchez was defeated by retired teacher Pamela Cordova of Belen. She was running under the banner “unbought and unbeholden.” The fate of Senate leadership was also uncertain as vote counted stretched into Wednesday.

Voters In Southwest New Mexico Cast Ballots In Primary Election

Jun 3, 2020

On Tuesday, New Mexicans in major parties submitted their votes in the state’s primary election. 

Many voters decided to mail in absentee ballots. Voters and candidates voiced concerns prior to the primary election of the possible spread of COVID-19.

The Doña Ana County Clerk’s office said in a press release that over 13,000 people submitted absentee ballots by the end of Tuesday’s voting. The Clerk’s office said that 3,000 absentee ballots were still left to be counted. The office said counting was scheduled to start Wednesday morning on remaining ballots. 

Valerie Plame

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Attorney Teresa Leger Fernandez defeated former CIA operative Valerie Plame to win the Democratic nomination in New Mexico’s 3rd Congressional District in Tuesday’s primary.

Leger Fernandez is a professional advocate for Native American pueblo communities and voting rights issues. She overcame six competitors including Plame to win her party’s nomination to succeed U.S. Rep. Ben Ray Luján as he runs for U.S. Senate. Sen. Tom Udall is retiring.

Yvette Herrell /

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — Republican voters embraced the familiar faces of a former television weatherman and two-time congressional nominee in attempts to claw back a House and Senate seat from Democratic control in New Mexico’s primary election.

Former state Rep. Yvette Herrell on Tuesday won the Republican nomination for New Mexico’s 2nd Congressional District, setting up a rematch with Democrat U.S. Rep. Xochitl Torres Small of Las Cruces.

Election 2020 - New Mexico GOP Primary: U.S. House District 2

May 14, 2020

Election 2020: New Mexico GOP Primary U.S. House District 2 Forum with moderator Fred Martino. The show features three candidates running for the Republican nomination in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District: Claire Chase, Yvette Herrell, and Chris Mathys.

Public financing—where candidates can use public money to run their campaigns instead of bowing to high-dollar donors—has existed in New Mexico for years. But these days, even smaller races cost more than what’s allotted to candidates. One possible solution was Democracy Dollars, coupons distributed to eligible voters, who could donate them to the publicly financed candidates of their choice. The proposal failed by a small percentage when the votes were tallied Tuesday night.

Michael Hernandez

Las Cruces City Council candidates running for seats in Districts 1, 2 and 4 gathered at Amaro Winery to watch the results of their respective municipal elections—and women came away with wins in all three races.

Michael Hernandez spoke with some of the night's winners including City Councilor Kasandra Gandara, NM CAFé organizer Johana Bencomo and former Las Cruces Green Chamber of Commerce secretary Tessa Abeyta Stuve.

LAS CRUCES, NM – More than 16.5 percent of Doña Ana County registered voters, or 19,825 voters, cast ballots in the county’s first regular local election, Clerk Amanda López Askin announced.  Here is a statement from the Clerk's office:

“With the consolidation of elections and the addition of Same Day Registration during early voting, participation in the 2019 Regular Local Election rose above the abysmal local election turnout of past elections,” Askin said. “But we still have more work to increase the level of participation to what we see in general election years. Democracy works best when all eligible voters cast ballots in every election.” The 2019 Regular Local Election was the first consolidated election and the first election to include Same Day Registration.

Las Cruces Mayor Ken Miyagishima was re-elected to a fourth term Tuesday.  After nine rounds in the new ranked choice voting process, he beat former Mayor Bill Mattiace 55% to 45%.

KC Counts talked with the Mayor, who thanked supporters, outlined future projects and discussed the city's minimum wage.


One thing unusual about this year’s election was the number of people running for Las Cruces Mayor.  Ten candidates were on the ballot.

About a dozen people were lined up to vote at Corbett Center on the New Mexico State University campus late Tuesday afternoon.

Many students were there, as were NMSU employees, like Dianne Frank.

Frank said a little more research was in order with ten candidates on the ballot for Las Cruces Mayor.  But she says it’s a positive thing...and she hopes the winner won’t forget some of the issues raised by their opponents.

Judge denies New Mexico GOP's request to halt absentee votes

Nov 5, 2019

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A state district judge has denied an emergency injunction filed by New Mexico Republicans to halt the counting of absentee ballots in a southern county.

Third Judicial District Judge James Martin ruled Tuesday that the state Republican Party and Las Cruces mayoral candidate Mike Tellez failed to provide evidence the Doña Ana County Clerk was causing harm by the way it was tallying absentee ballots.

Polls Open Until 7pm For Municipal Elections

Nov 5, 2019

The Local Election Act established a statewide election in November of odd-numbered years for non-partisan elections and local government ballot questions. Beginning in 2019, many voters will be able to vote for all of these races and questions on the same day.  Voters in Las Cruces are electing a Mayor and city councilors in districts 1, 2, and 4, along with school board members in several districts and a muncipal judge.
The elections that appear on your ballot are determined by the address where you are registered to vote.

Through their adopted ordinance to opt-in to the Local Election, the following municipalities will have elections for their municipal officers in 2019:
     - City of Las Cruces – Council Bill 18-037, Ordinance 2861
     - City of Sunland Park – Ordinance 2019-1
     - Village of Hatch – Ordinance 396

Tuesday, Nov. 5, is Election Day, and all over the state, people will be choosing their local leaders and making decisions about where bond money should go. The polls are open 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The state tried out two new things this cycle as officials look to make voting more convenient.

New Mexico GOP sues to halt absentee voting in Las Cruces

Nov 4, 2019

  ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Republican Party of New Mexico is seeking an injunction to halt the counting of absentee ballots in a southern county over allegations state and local officials were ignoring requirements over ballot qualifications.

State GOP chairman Steve Pearce said Monday the party filed a lawsuit Friday after the Secretary of State and the Doña Ana County Clerk dismissed Republican concerns whether the absentee ballots were following prerequisites under a new law.

Early Voting Numbers Released For Las Cruces And Doña Ana County

Nov 2, 2019

Nearly 7,500 people have taken advantage of early voting in consolidated municipal elections.  Here is a statement from the Doña Ana County Clerk's office:  More than 200 eligible Doña Ana County voters registered immediately prior to voting during the 2019 Regular Local Election, the first election in which a version of Same Day Registration was offered in the state of New Mexico since its passage by the New Mexico State Legislature. In all, a total of 7,487 Doña Ana County voters cast their ballots early. “We are glad to see that Doña Ana County voters came out to vote early and took advantage of Same Day Registration, and we look forward to seeing more voters on Election Day,” said Doña Ana County Clerk Amanda López Askin.

Incumbent Sunland Park Mayoral Candidate Javier Perea

Nov 1, 2019

Sunland Park Mayoral Candidate Arlean Murillo

Nov 1, 2019