New Mexico begins recounting votes in 3 county races

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (KRQE) – Poll workers will begin recounting ballots in three county races, two in Bernalillo and one in Sandoval.

More than three weeks after voters cast their ballots, the state wants recounts on three legislative races.

Automatic recounts happen when the results of the race are within one percent of the top two candidates.

The State Canvasing Board ordered automatic recounts in three legislative races.

The races include the one between Democratic incumbent John Sapien and Republican Diego Espinoza in Senate District 9, House District 23’s race between Democrat Daymon Ely and Republican incumbent Paul Pacheco, and the tightest race, Republican incumbent David Adkins and Democrat Ronnie Martinez in House District 29.

Adkins is the only Republican leading between the three.

Reps with the Secretary of State’s Office say workers should wrap up sometime next week. From there, results go to the State Canvasing Board for final approval. That’s expected to happen mid-December.

As for the presidential race, Clinton won 48.6 percent of the statewide vote to Donald Trump’s 40 percent. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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