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Dona Ana County certifies Congressional District 2 race

The Associated Press
November 13, 2018 05:37 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – A key New Mexico county has certified results of a closely watched U.S. House race in New Mexico while the Republican is refusing to concede and alleging voting irregularities.


The Dona Ana County Canvassing Board voted unanimously Tuesday to certify the results that showed Democrat Xochitl Torres Small defeating Republican Yvette Herrell. The Associated Press called the race for Torres Small after the absentee ballots from Dona Ana County tallied Wednesday put her over the top.

Herrell had declared victory Tuesday night despite the high number of outstanding ballots in Dona Ana County - a Democratic stronghold.

On Saturday, Herrell told Fox News there were "over 100 documented complaints" about voting irregularities. She didn't provide evidence and her campaign has not returned repeated voicemails, text messages and emails seeking details about her accusations.

New Mexico's secretary of state disputes any voting irregularites.

"I don't know where she's getting that information. It is frankly a little insulting to voters and does degrade people's trust in the election process when unfounded claims like that are made," said Alex Curtas, spokesperson for the secretary of state's office.

Curtis said the oficial winner of the race will be named after the election results are certified.

"No results are official and no whether or not media organizations call a race, doesn't really matter, neither does whether or not a candidate concedes or doesn't concede a race," said Alex Curtas, spokesperson for the secretary of state's office. "What matters is the election results that become official after the canvassing board certifies them on November 27."


The Associated Press

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