New Mexico gets say in marathon Clinton-Sanders race

Bernie Sanders, Hillary Clinton
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015, file photo, Sen. Bernie Sanders, of Vermont, left, speaks as Hillary Clinton looks on during the CNN Democratic presidential debate in Las Vegas. Sanders is on the list of the most notable quotes of 2015, as compiled by a Yale Law School librarian. (AP Photo/John Locher, File)

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) – The marathon nomination contest between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders is culminating Tuesday at New Mexico precincts and voting centers.

Ordinarily presidential nominations in both parties are settled by the time New Mexico votes in the final round of state primaries.

This year, the state has seen a flurry of campaign visits from Sanders and Bill Clinton on behalf of his wife. A raucous rally by presumptive GOP nominee Donald Trump in May touched off a riot by protesters gathered outside the downtown Albuquerque venue.

Democrats dominate New Mexico voter registration rolls and will send 43 delegates to the Democratic National Convention.

Hillary Clinton leads the Vermont senator with pledged delegates tied to voters and superdelegates, the party leaders who can back the candidate of their choice.

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