A day later, New Mexico too close to call

The winner of the Democratic caucuses in New Mexico is still unknown.

Published February 6, 2008 10:18PM (EST)

It's the day after New Mexico's Democratic presidential caucuses, and yet the only thing we know about the status of the race there is that Bill Richardson -- the state's governor, who was a presidential candidate earlier in the cycle -- is suddenly sporting what Salon's New York office has collectively determined to be the best political beard ever.

As of 2 p.m. EST, 180 of the state's 184 precincts were reporting vote totals. At that point, Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama were separated by just 210 votes, with Clinton leading. However, roughly 17,000 provisional ballots -- about 10 percent of the total vote -- remain to be checked and counted; that process was supposed to begin Wednesday afternoon, though there's no word on when it will end. Perhaps as many as half of the provisional ballots will be thrown out, New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish told a local radio station Wednesday.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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