Canvassing Board to Certify Legislative Recount

Dec 10, 2012

The state Canvassing Board is putting the final touches on New Mexico's general election.

The board meets Monday to certify results of a recount in a race for an Albuquerque-area seat in the state House of Representatives between Republican Paul Pacheco and Democrat Marci Blaze.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (http://bit.ly/VtBKkz) that unofficial returns show Pacheco, a retired Albuquerque policeman, winning by 79 votes — up from a 66-vote margin before the recount. The district covers parts of Sandoval and Bernalillo counties.

Pacheco's victory means Democrats will hold a 38-32 advantage in the House. Currently, Democrats have a 36-33 majority and there's one independent.

The canvassing board is made up of the governor, secretary of state and chief justice of the state Supreme Court.