District 30 will get recount

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The lead in the state Senate District 30 has shifted once again, now that canvassing has been completed.

Preliminary voting results had the top two Democrats in the race, Maxine Velasquez and Clemente Sanchez, separated by only three votes.

Velasquez, of Laguna, led 1,221 to 1,218 for Sanchez, of Grants. Both beat incumbent Sen. David Ulibarri (D-Grants) by nearly double the votes, in the four person vote.

Now that the canvasses are done, the two candidates are separated by 10 votes, with Sanchez in the lead — 1,235 to 1,225.

Because the candidates are separated by so few votes, there will be an automatic recount once the New Mexico Secretary of State’s office completes its canvass on June 26.

“It’s an automatic recount because it is so close,” said Peggy Carabajal, Valencia County Bureau of Elections director.

The district takes in parts of four counties — Valencia, Socorro, Cibola and McKinley — and provisional ballots in all four had to be qualified and counted before the canvasses could be completed.

Here in Socorro County, Velasquez gained one vote and Sanchez held on to his 53 votes.

In Valencia County, Sanchez gained two votes after the provisional ballots were qualified and counted, giving him 261 votes, while Velasquez remained at 531.

Following the canvassing in Cibola County, Sanchez gained 15 votes and Velasquez gained three votes.

There was no change for either candidate in McKinley County, according to Bureau of Elections Director Rick Palochak.

“The recount checks the integrity of the system,” Palochak said. “It’s good checks and balances.”

 


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