ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – While Donald Trump is the only Republican candidate still in the running, almost 30 percent of New Mexico’s Republican’s voted for candidates who aren’t even in the race anymore.
The Democratic Party also saw that, despite her win, Bernie Sanders made a strong showing against Hilary Clinton.
Hundreds and thousands of New Mexicans voted in Tuesday night’s primary election.
Donald Trump snagged almost 71 percent of the voters. But a number of New Mexico’s Republicans, close to 30 percent, voted for other candidates. The other candidates already dropped out of the race.
“There were five other people on that ballot so I think obviously the people who were against him in the primary, you know fervently against him, were going to use that opportunity to, you know, cast their vote of protest,” said Tucker Keene with the Republican Party of New Mexico.
Keene said those protest voters did not surprise them.
“You know I think it was an 80 percent in New Jersey and 75 percent in California so that’s pretty much right in line with what we expected,” said Keene.
As for the general election, Keene said the party must unite.
“It’s important that every Republican unifies behind our nominee in the general election if we’re going to defeat Hilary Clinton,” said Keene.
On the Democratic side, Hilary Clinton defeated rival Bernie Sanders by just three points.
“A win is a win,” said Debra Haaland with the Democratic Party of New Mexico.
The Democratic Party of New Mexico admits they still have more work ahead.
“I’m going to do my very best to unite our party,” said Haaland.
But when asked if they’re worried if Sanders’ supporters will turn to Trump, they tell us they’d be really surprised.
“We have our Democratic values that are important to us and I believe both candidates have those values,” said Haaland.
Haaland announced Wednesday that she is pledging her delegate vote to Clinton. That makes eight out of New Mexico’s nine super-delegates now backing Clinton; Juan Sanchez III remains uncommitted.
Trump campaigned in New Mexico in a trip that ended with rioting. Clinton clinched a New Mexico victory despite not visiting, but had her husband campaign across the state.
Governor Susana Martinez has had a very public spat with Donald Trump. KRQE News 13 asked if she voted for him, her office isn’t saying yet.