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Long Lines Delay Vote Counting

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Long lines that moved at a snail’s pace at Rio Rancho voting centers hindered vote counting in Sandoval County on Tuesday night.

The county’s website was only showing results from the 33,684 early and absentee ballots cast.

Those unofficial results showed Democrat Nora Scherzinger leading Republican Mike Frese in the County Commission District 2 contest by 53 percent to 46 percent.

In the District 4 commission race, Republican incumbent Glenn Walters had 54 percent to Democratic challenger Ramon Montaño’s 46 percent.

Early results for the county treasurer’s position showed former county commissioner Dave Bency, a Republican, with 50 percent to 49 percent for Democrat Laura Montoya.

Republican Paula Papponi was leading in early voting for the county clerk position with 51 percent to Democratic rival Eileen Garbagni’s 48 percent. Sally Padilla, the Democratic incumbent, is term limited.

In the race for probate judge, Republican Lawrence McClain was ahead of Democrat Charles Aguilar, with 51 percent to 48 percent.

According to the Secretary of State’s Website, 13th Judicial District Attorney Democrat Lemuel Martinez was leading Republican rival Ken Fladager by 53 percent to 48 percent.

Absentee and early voting ballots were cast by 39 percent of the county’s 86,217 registered voters.
— This article appeared on page C4 of the Albuquerque Journal

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