Recount likely for commission race

November 10, 2010 • Local News

Chaves County commissioners voted to make local election results official during Tuesday’s canvass of the general election.

The unanimous approval by the commission named Republican James Duffey the newest member of the Chaves County Commission, after defeating Democrat Eloy Ortega by two votes, according to election results.

The totals came after county election officials said that human error was to blame for twice calling a race between two candidates a tie, when no deadlock existed.

Ortega originally came out ahead of Duffey 1,002 to 1,001 on Election Day and Duf fey later won 1,005 to 1,003 after additional hand-tallied ballots were discovered following the election. New Mexico’s secretary of state confirmed her office’s official canvass for the commission race late Tuesday, af Login to read more

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