After counting, Pirtle comes out ahead

June 13, 2012 • Local News

While the 2012 canvassing of Chaves County election results did not change the ultimate outcome of any races, it rendered a closer race, by one vote, between Republican candidates Cliff Pirtle, a Roswell farmer, and Roswell Fire Chief Chad Hamill.

Pirtle is the presumptive Republican nominee for state Senate District 32. The district, which is currently represented by Senate President Pro Tem Tim Jennings, D-Roswell, encompasses Chaves, Eddy and Otero counties. The unofficial primary results show Pirtle as receiving 956 votes in Chaves County to Hamill’s now 924. As it stands now, Pirtle has received 1,018 total votes to Hamill’s 1009.

County Clerk Rhoda Coakley said Democratic voter turnout was 15.5 percent, Republican turnout was nearly 34 percent, with turnout in the county at 25 percent for the primary Login to read more

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