by CNJ staff
The Secretary of State’s office will proclaim the winner of the District 7 State Senate race today, putting its stamp of approval on the result of an election that has been too close to call since polls closed Nov. 2.
Officials at the Secretary of State’s office said the official canvassing of all state ballots will begin at 9 a.m. this morning, and by late morning it should be clear who the next state senator for District 7 will be: Incumbent Clint Harden, R-Clovis, or challenger Robert Frost, D-San Jon.
Unofficial election results listed on the Secretary of State’s Web site Monday night showed Harden in the lead over Frost by 38 votes (9,010 to 8,972).
Early in the evening of Nov. 2, Frost held a substantial lead over Harden by winning nearly every northern county of the district. But Harden grabbed more than 75 percent of the vote in Curry County, which brought the race to a near draw.
Harden has said he trusts the work the county clerks have done in the district and feels comfortable with the slight lead he has over his challenger.
Frost said with the margin that close he would not concede the race before the statewide canvassing this morning.
Harden is the business administrator and owner of Twin Cronnie in Clovis. He was appointed to the state Senate in 2002 by former Gov. Gary Johnson.
Frost has been the owner and manager of a ranch since 1962. He has served on the San Jon School Board and is former president of New Mexico Cattle Growers Association.