Who won the 2016 New Mexico primary?
While most of the attention will be on the race between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders for the Democratic Party’s presidential nod, there are a number of states and local races with interest statewide. The full results of the races can be found below.
The polls in New Mexico opened at 7 a.m. and will remain open until 7 p.m. (a full list of polling places can be here).
The question of who won the 2016 New Mexico primary has lost quite a bit of steam thanks to the reporting of the Associated Press, which on Monday contacted a number of previously uncommitted superdelegates to find that Hillary Clinton had enough support to put her over the top.
Clinton had scored resounding victories in the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico over the weekend that brought her very close to the margin of pledged plus superdelegates to become the presumptive nominee, which was expected to happen after Clinton’s likely victory in New Jersey.
Both Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton released statements saying they do not agree with the early call of the race, and so far, the story seems to have little effect on voters in New Mexico. The Albuquerque Journal reported that early voting was off to a fast start, and the voting was going smoothly, with wait times around five minutes.
“For this primary election there were considerable early votes cast, just more than 48,100, more than double of what was cast in both the 2012 and 2014 elections.”
“The Sandoval County Bureau of Elections also reported that polling places were operating smoothly with short wait times to cast a ballot. By 9 a.m. 1,167 people had voted at the voter convenience centers.”
“In early voting, 10,086 ballots had been cast throughout Sandoval County, an election spokeswoman said.”
The report also found that anti-establishment sentiment was high among many voters in New Mexico.
“I’m not happy with career politicians particularly in the U.S. Congress,” he said. “If there were term limits, I’d be happy,” said Jan Parr, a voter from Rio Rancho. “If they had to buy their health insurance from the same places I do, then I’d be much happier. I’m just tired of elitism.”
“That’s why Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump are so popular.”
The question of who won the 2016 New Mexico primary will likely be overshadowed by the day’s other nationwide races, including New Jersey and California, the most delegate-rich states. But New Mexico has 34 delegates up for grabs, a total that will be a boost to either nominee. Sanders has remained committed to remain in the race until the final votes are cast and has promised a contested convention, and if he sticks to his plan would need as many pledged delegates as possible.
Clinton may have already reached the threshold by the time polls close in New Mexico, but if voting totals take longer to tally in New Jersey it could be the Land of Enchantment that puts her over the top. Clinton is ahead by a wide margin in polls of New Mexico.
Those who want to follow live coverage and results of New Mexico and other states voting on Tuesday can find live streaming video below.
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