Torres Small pulls off upset in 2nd Congressional District race | KOB 4

Torres Small pulls off upset in 2nd Congressional District race

Joshua Panas, Patrick Hayes
November 07, 2018 10:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - In a stunning turn of events, Democrat Xochitl Torres Small, 33, has been declared the winner of New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District race.


"The votes have been counted and voices of people in New Mexico's 2nd Congressional District have been heard," Torres Small said to a small group of supporters in Las Cruces after learning she beat Republican Yvette Herrell.

According to the New Mexico Secretary of State's website, Torres Small earned 99,440 votes while Herrell has 96,712 votes. The secretary of state also put a checkmark next to Torres Small's name, declaring her the winner.

The updated vote totals reflect about 8,000 ballots from Dona Ana County that were either not posted or counted on election night. About 6,400 of those ballots broke in Torres Small's favor.

The secretary of state's office said it still has 100 ballots that need to be hand tallied along with approximately 1,000 provisional ballots. However, even if Herrell was to get the majority of those votes, it would not be enough for her to catch Torres Small.

Herrell claimed victory Tuesday night. However, her campaign released a statement Wednesday night saying they will wait for every vote to be counted.

"Last night, we heard from Xochitl Torres Small that it was extremely important that every vote be counted" said Rob Burgess, Senior Advisor to the Yvette Herrell campaign. "This campaign believes that should be the case and we look forward to seeing the results from all provisional ballots throughout the district."


Joshua Panas, Patrick Hayes

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