The tallies between candidates Cliff Pirtle and Roswell Fire Chief Chad Hamill inched one vote closer. Last week just ten votes separated Hamill from Pirtle in the race for state Senate District 32. The district is currently represented by Senate President Pro-Tem Tim Jennings, D-Roswell, and encompasses Chaves, Eddy and Otero counties.
After a count of provisional ballots, Chaves County Clerk Rhoda Coakley said one vote turned up for Hamill rendering Pirtle’s lead to nine votes. On Thursday, the County Commission recessed until 1:30 p.m., today, to allow for Coakley’s request of four members of the Absentee Board, two Democrats and two Republicans, to count seven provisional ballots. The commission is expected to take on the canvassing results of the 2012 elections today. Representatives from Eddy and Otero clerks’ offices said after reviewing provisional ballots they received no votes in the race for District 32.
The unofficial primary results show Pirtle as receiving 956 votes in Chaves County to Hamill’s 923. In Eddy County, Hamill received 83 votes, and Pirtle 56. In Otero County, Pirtle received 6 votes, and Hamill 2.
As it stands now, Pirtle holds the lead 1,018 to 1,008. One-half of one percent of that total is 10. Under statute, a recount is required if an election is within one-half of one percent of the total votes cast. The State Canvassing Board meets on June 26 with Secretary of State Dianna Duran’s office. Any recommendations for official recounts will be made then.