|NEW MEXICO||5 Electoral Votes|
(Source: U.S. Census Bureau, New Mexico Secretary of State)
New Mexico has: 33 counties.
Largest counties: Bernalillo, Dona Ana, Santa Fe, San Juan.
Five largest cities: Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Santa Fe, Roswell, Rio Rancho.
of New Mexico
Secretary of State
Total Votes Cast: 615,607
Early voting started on Oct. 18, 2000 (20 days prior to the election). 110,746 such ballots were cast (18.0% of total)
Regular absentee voting started
40 prior to the election.
Early/Absentee Total: 190,299 (30.9% of total votes cast)
Problems with the count in Bernalillo county left the outcome in New Mexico uncertain for days after the election, but Gore ultimately won the state's five electoral votes by a razor thin margin of 366 votes (0.06 percentage points). Bush carried 20 counties to 13 for Gore.
General Election Activity
Although many news accounts attributed the Bernalillo counting problem to a "software glitch," in fact an administrative failure was to blame: the county clerk's office did not run the standard logic and accuracy test on the voting machines before the election. The problem became apparent on Election Night, and the clerk's office withdrew about 67,000 early vote and absentee ballots from the tally. On Nov. 9, workers in a warehouse in Albuquerque began the recount, hand-feeding the ballots into the voting machines. By Nov. 11, Bush had gained a statewide lead of 17 votes, but some emergency ballots remained to be counted and totals were still fluctuating. The State Canvassing Board finalized Gore as the winner with a plurality of 366 votes on Nov. 29.
Eric Boucher 91 (8%)
Stephen Gaskin 43 (4%)
Ralph Nader 1,058 (87%)
Uncommitted Delegates 21 (2%)
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