Election workers in all 33 counties were recounting ballots Thursday in the close race for state land commissioner, in the first such statewide recount. Results were not expected until next week. The contest between Republican Aubrey Dunn and Democratic Land Commissioner Ray Powell was so close it triggered a recount under a 2008 state law. Dunn won by just over 700 votes out of nearly 500,000 cast. At least one county, Quay, finished Thursday, while some counties may need to work into the weekend. Bernalillo County, with the biggest chunk of votes – more than 173,000 – is scheduled to wrap up on Monday.
The secretary of state won’t announce any results until all counties have reported, according to spokesman Rod Adair.
State Sen. Daniel Ivey-Soto, D-Albuquerque, the executive director of a county clerks’ group, said the Quay County recount yielded no changes.
The statewide re-tally was conducted under close scrutiny from the Dunn and Powell campaigns and the Republican and Democratic parties, with watchers in all counties.
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