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.