Hillary Declared Winner in New Mexico

Super Tuesday state endures lengthy count, gives Clinton victory over Obama
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 14, 2008 4:54 PM CST
Democratic presidential hopeful New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, left, and Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y. talk before the Des Moines Register Democratic Presidential...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Hillary Clinton is the victor in New Mexico’s caucus, the state's Democratic party revealed today—nine days after the Super Tuesday vote was deemed too close to call. Clinton adds a single delegate to her overall count from the previous estimate, the AP reports. The final tally from the Land of Enchantment yields 14 delegates to Clinton, 12 to Barack Obama.

Amid apologies, the state had finished counting regular and absentee ballots Tuesday, one week after polls closed. The remaining ballots were provisionals; today's certification beat a state deadline by only one day. Said Gov. Bill Richardson, "I think a debate should take place among New Mexicans and Democrats on whether we should continue with a caucus or with a full primary."