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The New (Unofficial) New Mexico Delegation

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Days are getting shorter and colder, but the mood across the country was heated as people headed to the polls to cast their votes in the 2020 General Election Nov. 3.

After the polls closed at 7 pm, ballots were tallied until all precincts reported their final results in the early hours of Nov. 4.

THE FEDERAL RESULTS

Across the state, 912,565 of 1,351,811 of registered voters, or 67.51%, cast a ballot, according to the New Mexico Secretary of State’s website.

Los Alamos County had the highest percentage of voter turnout in the state, with about 79%. The counties with the most voters casting ballots were Bernalillo with 316,930; Doña Ana with 81,815; Santa Fe with 80,850; Sandoval with 75,775; San Juan with 52,321; and Valencia with 32,087.

The most prominent race was for President of the United States. With five electoral votes in New Mexico up for grabs, the tally with every precinct fully reporting is as follows:

In the Presidential race:

Howie Hawkins and Angela Nicole Walker

Green

0%  4,302 votes

Jo Jorgensen and Jeremy “Spike” Cohen

Libertarian

1%  12,317 votes

Joseph R. Biden and Kamala D. Harris

Democrat

54%  489,979 votes

Shelia “Samm” Tittle and David Carl Sandige

Constitution

0%  1,766 votes

Donald J. Trump and Mike Pence

Republican

44%  398,442 votes

Gloria La Riva and Sunil Freeman

Party for Socialism and Liberation

0%  1,603 votes

Total votes cast: 908,409

In the U. S. Senate race:

Bob Walsh

Libertarian

3% 23,842 votes

Mark V. Ronchetti

Republican

46% 414,824 votes

Ben Ray Lujan

Democrat

51% 463,191 votes

Total votes cast: 901,857

In the Congressional races

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 1

Deb Haaland

Democrat

58% 185,196 votes

Michelle Garcia Holmes

Republican

42%  133,695 votes

Total votes cast: 318,891

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 2

Yvette Herrell

Republican

54%  141,227 votes

Xochitl Torres Small

Democrat

46%  120,766 votes

Steve Jones (Write in)

Independent

0% 12 votes

Total votes cast: 262,005

U.S. REPRESENTATIVE DISTRICT 3

Alexis M. Johnson

Republican

42%  129,305 votes

Teresa Leger Fernandez

Democrat

58%  178,242 votes

Total votes cast: 307,547

STATEWIDE OFFICES AND QUESTIONS

Two positions were up for Justice of the Supreme Court and three positions were available for Justice of the Court of Appeals. Here are the results.

JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT POSITION 1

Ned S. Fuller

Republican

45%  391,166 votes

Shannon Bacon

Democrat

55%  484,446 votes

Total votes cast: 875,612

JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT POSITION 2

Kerry J. Morris

Republican

46%  403,276 votes

David K. Thomson

Democrat

54%  469,333 votes

Total votes cast: 872,609

JUDGE OF THE COURT OF APPEALS POSITION 1

Barbara V. Johnson

Republican

48%  416,157 votes

Zach Ives

Democrat

52%  453,181 votes

Total votes cast: 869,338

JUDGE OF THE COURT OF APPEALS POSITION 2

Stephen P. Curtis

Libertarian

7%  61,592 votes

Shammara H. Henderson

Democrat

51%  440,068 votes

Gertrude Lee

Republican

42%  367,556 votes

Total votes cast: 869,216

JUDGE OF THE COURT OF APPEALS POSITION 3

Thomas C. Montoya

Republican

49%  420,183 votes

Jane B. Yohalem

Democrat

51%  446,046 votes

Total votes cast: 866,229

Next on the ballot were questions about constitutional amendments and bonds, as well as one about a judge.

Voters moved to retain Jacqueline R. Medina as Judge of the Court of Appeals by a count of 530,099 to 197,290.

Fifty-five percent of voters moved to amend the Constitution of New Mexico to allow the governor to appoint three qualified individuals to the Public Regulation Commission. The count was 436,760 against 351,208 votes.

The decision to amend Article 20, Section 3 of the Constitution of New Mexico, permitting the adjustment by law of terms to non-statewide elected officers passed with 493,721 votes to 274,512.

MCKINLEY COUNTY RESULTS

In McKinley County, 26,063 out of 44,396 eligible voters cast a ballot. This number is 58.7% of registered voters in the county.

Four state senators were on the ballot for McKinley County. Each race was won by a Democrat.

Shannon Dawn Pinto won the District 3 race with 71% or 4,964 votes. George Muñoz retained his District 4 seat with 70% or 9,642 votes. Benny Shendo Jr. took the District 22 seat with 78% or 2,887 votes. Pamela M. Cordova won District 30 with 86% or 714 votes.

Two state representatives ran unopposed, Doreen Wonda Johnson for District 5 and Patricia Lundstrom for District 9, while Eliseo L. Alcon took District 6 with 65% of the ballots and Harry Garcia took 71% of the votes to win District 69’s seat.

Three District Court Judges of the Eleventh Judicial District ran unopposed: Curtis R. Gurley, R. David Pederson, and Bernadine Martin.

For county positions, Jacqueline Katherine Sloan took 66% of the votes and the county clerk seat. Charles Long ran unopposed for county treasurer. Robert B. Baca ran unopposed for District 3 county commissioner.

County voters moved to retain the seven judges on the ballot: Jacqueline R. Medina for court of appeals; and Bradford J. Dalley, Louis E. Depauli, Sarah V. Weaver, Dalene Ann Marsh, Robert A. Aragon, and Karen L. Townsend as Judges of the 11th Judicial District.

The last question on the county ballot asked if the county should levy a tax of up to four mils for every dollar of taxable property of Rehoboth McKinley Christian Healthcare Services to continue paying for operation and maintenance of the hospital. Seventy-two percent of voters approved the tax with a vote of 15,759 to 6,262.

The McKinley County canvass is set for Nov. 6 at 8 am at the McKinley County Courthouse.

By Cody Begaye
Sun Correspondent