February 11th, 2008
10:10 AM ET
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New Mexico Dems: Still counting after all this time

New Mexico is still determining who won its Democratic primary.
New Mexico is still determining who won its Democratic primary.

(CNN) – They're counting votes in New Mexico - still.

Six days after Super Tuesday, when millions of voters cast ballots in 24 states and America Samoa, the winner remains in doubt in the Democratic presidential caucus in New Mexico.

Volunteers with the Democratic Party of New Mexico have been working 16 hours a day – in shifts – to try to figure out whether Democrats there preferred Sen. Hillary Clinton of New York or Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois, the state party said Sunday.

"We know it is urgent to get these results completed," Chairman Brian S. Colon of the Democratic Party of New Mexico said in a statement Sunday.

The national media spotlight has moved on to primaries and caucuses in other states, including contests Tuesday in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. Yet 227 volunteers with the Democratic Party of New Mexico are still slogging through provisional ballots - votes cast by people whose names did not appear on lists of eligible voters.

Election rules let people cast provisional ballots that will be counted as long as officials verify that the person is eligible to vote.

As it stands now in New Mexico, Clinton leads Obama by 1,066 votes out of about 154,000 cast, according to the state Democratic Party. That total does not include 17,276 provisional ballots.

The party faithful have been going through those provisional ballots – under the watchful eye of Clinton and Obama representatives – to determine how many are valid.

The party has so far determined that 2,778 provisional ballots should be counted as votes for one candidate or the other, it said Sunday. Once party volunteers finish verifying or rejecting provisional ballots – a process called "qualifying" – then they will actually tabulate results.

The final count will determine how many of 26 delegates will go to Clinton and how many to Obama. The razor thin margin so far suggests that the two candidates could split the delegates or that one will emerge with an advantage of one or two delegates.

That's not much when you consider that a candidate needs 2,025 delegates to become the Democratic Party's presidential nominee, but the extremely close race makes the New Mexico outcome the subject of more than academic curiosity – if only slightly.

The latest CNN estimates show Clinton with 1,148 delegates compared with 1,121 for Obama.

Those numbers will change after the Democratic contests on Tuesday – and after the Democrats in New Mexico finally finish counting the votes cast in that state.

"It's key that we count the vote of every registered voter," Colon said Sunday.

soundoff (244 Responses)
  1. PJM dems

    DARLA, Perfect observation, I sincerly hope DNC and super delegates see through the Junior Senators words and observe the facts. That is why they are there.

    February 11, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  2. irma

    Counting The Peoples Vote is a bad thing......? Or is the complaint that it's not fast enough? I am sure that a lot of the VOLUNTEERS have other jobs and a life. People are coming in when they can to count. It's not a single person for each vote count either. It was a very close election and provisional ballots need to be verified in order to be counted. That is what takes time.

    February 11, 2008 12:46 pm at 12:46 pm |
  3. Bukky

    Someone tell me what happens if Obama wins in New Mexico? A state of hispanics that was supposed to easily go to Clinton, because as we've been told "brown ppl dont vote black"? It clear Obama has already won in NM even if you only looking at how close it is. I'm not gonna say i smell a cheat, but its smells fishy.

    STILL... COUNT THEM ALL, and COUNT THEM TWICE

    February 11, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  4. Reality Check

    CNN: You must send your own undercover agents to figure out the reality there because systematic rigging in such a State is well-planned and will create huge suspicion among voters.

    February 11, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  5. Dallas voter

    This is unacceptable! There should be a law that prohibits a state from taking this long to release its election results. Are there a bunch of idiots out there that can't count past ten?

    February 11, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  6. Mary Jo in Illinois

    It is unfortunate that the Obama supporters feel the need to leave such nasty, mean-spirited comments.
    It is unfortunate that the majority of African-American Obama supporters have turned their backs on Hillary and Bill Clinton.
    It is unfortunate that the Obama supporters back Obama because it is the trendy thing to do.

    I am supporting Hillary because I want substance over style.

    February 11, 2008 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  7. Carrie

    Unbelievable, New Mexico is still counting!

    Obama 08!

    February 11, 2008 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  8. FELIX

    I WILL ADVISE ALL U OBAMA HATERS TO WAKE UP AND SEE BEYOND YOUR PAROCIALISM.THE LIKES OF OBAMA COMES UP ONCE IN A GENERATION AND AMERICANS CANNOT AFFORD TO MISS THIS ONE.IT IS OBVIOUS THAT HE IS THE BEST PERSON FOR THE POSITION.MAYBE HE MAY HAVE BEEN APPRECIATED THE MORE IF HE WAS COMPLETELY WHITE.UNFORTUNATE HE IS BEING LABELLED BLACK. PEOPLE ARE FORGETTING THAT HIS MOTHER IS ALSO A WHITE AMERICAN AND HAS THE USA AS THE ONLY COUNTRY THAT HE HAS KNOW ALL HIS LIFE AND THIS QUALIFIES HIM TO BE CALLED WHITE.I WILL LIKE TO ASK THIS QUESTION;WHAT MAKES ONE TO BE BLACK OR WHITE,IS IT THAT WHEN YOU HAVE A WHITE MOTHER AND A BLACK FATHER OR BLACK MOTHER AND WHITE FATHER OR ALL OF THE ABOVE?
    FELIX FROM FLORIDA

    February 11, 2008 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  9. Jake, California

    This is annoying. I hope people aren't getting illegal latinos to add up Hillary's numbers.
    California and New York are larger than this state and they were able to send in their vote counts the same day of Super Tuesday...I think this result should be discarded!

    February 11, 2008 01:07 pm at 1:07 pm |
  10. Charlotte

    If Hillary wins it's fixed, just ask any Obama supporter. They just know it, and that scares me, will we see actions like they are having in Kenya?

    February 11, 2008 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  11. lula

    OOOPS !!!!! we are going to do it again.Only this time its the institutional democrats.Maybe we should have a few 3 world election monitors oversee our election. And I love what Hillary has done for us.I just don't know what it is universal health care-NO. Since our votes don't count we should skip the vote thing (many of us have) and have constitutional monarchy.Yea that's the ticket

    February 11, 2008 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  12. H in GA

    I was reading through some of the post and came across a post saying that all votes in Florida and Michigan should be counted since it was a contested election. The Democratic National Committee banned the candidates from campaigning and participating in those 2 primaries because state party individuals thought they could break the rules of their party and hold the elections early. I can understand your frustration, but if you're going to blame someone then blame should be focused on those state officials who decided to break the rules and not the candidates. As far as being contested, how exactly was it contested when no one was permitted to campaign in those 2 states? You basically end up with a system going on name recognition.

    February 11, 2008 01:11 pm at 1:11 pm |
  13. aPuerto Rican

    I hope Sen. Obama staff of lawyers are waiting to contest this vote. i bit Sen. Clinton will win it, due to the Gov. relation to them. SAD, but true. OBAMA 08!!

    February 11, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  14. G.

    Why is there no mention that the clinton's health package is the same as the required auto insurance. Pay or get fined. That's the basic difference with the plans. John Edwards said in the debate that all plans leaves people out. Clinton didn't response to his comment during the debate because it was true. She needs to stop saying health care for everyone....it's misleading the public. Obama doesn't mention this much, but he should.........every time he speaks.
    CNN should check out the debate where Edwards corrected her.

    February 11, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  15. California Voter

    Well, at least they are counting the votes!

    February 11, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. Anonymous

    Go Obama

    February 11, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  17. Andrea

    We can also take a look at a great many of Mr Obama's supporters. Very young and inexperienced innocent people. We were all there once, now we know what time it is. Mr Obama is taking advantage of them. It would have been ideal if someone educated these young folks before making decisions on who to cast a vote for.
    This is real serious, and young folks do not comprehend this, it does not affect them right now. This makes me livid. This is not a pretty boy contest or who gives the best speech. Experience is always the best to teach the young folks. What a disaster for America.

    God Bless Senator Clinton

    February 11, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  18. Prakaithip

    Wnen does experience count?
    When do we pull in someone who is experienced?
    Does experience matter in a crisis?

    I guess we'll let kids and celebrities decide. They know best.

    February 11, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  19. Kathryn Irby - Metairie, LA

    I am very "torn" between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. I provided her campaign with over $200.00, but just may vote for Obama instead. He is very presidential and very comparable to the late President John F. Kennedy in that he can bring the people together. He is an electrifying orator, much like John F. Kennedy and Ted Kennedy, as well as Martin Luther King! However, if either Obama or Clinton wins, I will be happy!

    February 11, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  20. cg

    If you watched CNN on Super Tuesday very closely you would have noticed that CNN before projecting anyone in NM the guy said that some precints had not closed yet and those were the ones with the most people and the exit polls were showing that those precints were strongly in favor of CLINTON, but he also said more than once that it is too close to call. The same thing happened in MISSOURI, she was way ahead of OBAMA in that state at first and then the precints where the majority of the people were favored OBAMA and when it was all said and done no one said nothing about that !!!!!!!!!! WHEN IT'S ALL OVER CLINTON-OBAMA WILL BE ON THE SAME TICKET !!!!!!!

    February 11, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  21. Andrew

    Its a catch 22, if they call it for Clinton it damages her campaign
    If they call it for Obama it gives him more momentum,
    That is why they are not releasing the result and pray they can do it perhaps after the Potomac primaries and just before Texas
    Timing is everything,Colon and Richardson will release the result when the timing is less of an issue.
    I am told NM are still counting the results of 2004 genera election
    Truely the land of enchantment

    February 11, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  22. cg

    GO HILLARY GO

    February 11, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  23. Paul from Kissimmee

    I wish everybody who's voting was as smart as Darla and Jessica. The problem is that these kids are voting for Obama on emotion only and not with their brain. Obama is nothing but an empty suit. What has he really done? He holds a great pep rally. So? What would he do as President? Hope, change, unite. That's all I hear from this guy. He has no policies unless Clinton does. Funny how they sound the same. Could he come up with any on his own?

    February 11, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  24. Racheal

    I think something fishey is going on. No one wants to show the Latins voting for Obama, he was ahead before, then suddenly it went shadey. Now Hillary fired her Campaign manager of Mexican ancestry to hire an African American woman, hopefully they'll switch the win back to Obama now- but seriously, I think there needs to be an inquiry!

    February 11, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  25. Dani

    Bet they wouldn't still be counting if they thought Obama won. Ridiculous. She won it, give it to her and let's move on already. Quit searching for a way to up the numbers and rig it in another candidates favor.

    February 11, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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