Waiting for New Mexico

No winner has been determined in the Democratic race in New Mexico two days after caucuses were held, and now there will be a recount.

Published February 8, 2008 12:14AM (EST)

In the fast-moving world of politics these days, Super Tuesday was so two days ago, and most people have moved on. And so it is that one Super Tuesday contest remains officially undecided, though few people even seem to notice.

The results from each of the 184 precincts in New Mexico have been reported, but a winner in the Democratic caucuses there has not been declared, and there's no way of telling when that will happen. With all those results in, Hillary Clinton leads Barack Obama by a count of 68,654 to 67,531. Clinton also holds a narrow lead -- 13 to 12 -- in New Mexico's pledged delegate count. (The state also has 13 unpledged delegates.) But 17,000 provisional ballots, accounting for more than 10 percent of the total vote, remain to be tallied. Rather than counting only the provisional ballots, the state Democratic Party, along with the candidates, has decided to hold a recount of all the votes cast.

By Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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