|NEW MEXICO||5 Electoral Votes|
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, New Mexico Secretary of State)
New Mexico has: 33 counties.
Largest counties: Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Santa Fe, San Juan.
Five largest cities: Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Rio Rancho.
of New Mexico
Secretary of State
Party of NM
voting at regular precincts - 382,941 (49.39%)
Voters voting by absentee - 156,020 (20.12%)
Voters voting by early voting - 236,340 (30.48%)
Total voters - 775,301
New Mexico flipped to Bush. The state, which in 2000 went to Gore with the narrowest vote margin, was again close; in the end Bush won with a plurality of 5,988 votes (0.79 percentage points). Bush carried 21 counties to 12 for Kerry (results by county). New Mexico Democratic Party state chair John V. Wertheim stated, "We got crushed in Southeast New Mexico and in the Four Corners area."
General Election Details
Kerry/Allies | Bush-Cheney '04
[State Primary June 1, 2004]
Total Votes Cast: 615,607
Early voting started on Oct. 18, 2000 (20 days prior to the election). 110,746 such ballots were cast (18.0% of total)
Regular absentee voting started 40 days prior to the election. 79,553 such ballots were cast (12.9% of total)
Early/Absentee Total: 190,299 (30.9% of total votes cast)
Problems with the count in Bernalillo county left the outcome in New Mexico uncertain for days after the election, but Gore ultimately won the state's five electoral votes by a razor thin margin of 366 votes (0.06 percentage points). Bush carried 20 counties to 13 for Gore.
General Election Activity
Although many news accounts attributed the Bernalillo counting problem to a "software glitch," in fact an administrative failure was to blame: the county clerk's office did not run the standard logic and accuracy test on the voting machines before the election. The problem became apparent on Election Night, and the clerk's office withdrew about 67,000 early vote and absentee ballots from the tally. On Nov. 9, workers in a warehouse in Albuquerque began the recount, hand-feeding the ballots into the voting machines. By Nov. 11, Bush had gained a statewide lead of 17 votes, but some emergency ballots remained to be counted and totals were still fluctuating. The State Canvassing Board finalized Gore as the winner with a plurality of 366 votes on Nov. 29.
Voted absentee: 23,128.
Republican - Primary:
Tuesday, June 1, 2004. State Convention: June 10, 2004. 24
Delegates and 21 Alternates.
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