Harden projected to take state Senate seat

CNJ staff

Clint Harden is poised to return to the state Senate in an otherwise slow night for Curry County representation.

As of 9:15 p.m., state election totals show Harden winning 73.7 percent of the vote over Eagles Nest teacher Jeff Carr. Vote totals are 5,033 to 1,795 in favor of Harden.

Harden’s win would give a Republican sweep of the three seats as Stuart Ingle of Portales and Gay Kernan of Hobbs were unopposed in their re-election bids.

“It’s hard to lose (when you’re unopposed), but I’m certainly glad the counties of Curry, Roosevelt, De Baca and Chaves support me,” said Ingle, the Senate Minority Leader who has been in the Legislature since 1985. “I’ll work as hard as I can for the next four years. We’ve got some tough times coming with the budget. We’ll work through it, we’ve had it before.”

Kernan has been serving since 2002.

“I want people to know I don’t take that for granted,” Kernan said. “I know I have a huge job ahead of me or the next four years. (The lack of an opponent) doesn’t mean I’m not going to fulfill my responsibilities.”