Several counties wrap up canvasses on deadline

Staff and wire reports ALBUQUERQUE — John Kerry has picked up more votes in New Mexico as counties finish certifying the results of the Nov. 2 election, but not enough to overcome President Bush’s lead in the state. Kerry picked up 1,424 votes in the state’s most populous county, Bernalillo, and 579 votes in incomplete […]

What would Truman have done in 2004?

Ned Cantwell You are tired of reading about it, I know, but permit me a few closing notes on the political campaign recently and mercifully ended. Time to wrap this one up and deposit in the trash bin. That the race for the presidency translated into a huge political bragging contest between two New Mexico […]

State Senate race still undecided

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Curry County District 5 Commissioner Tim Ashley loads a re-election sign into his pick-up truck Wednesday on Howard Cowper Drive in Clovis. Ashley retained his seat in Tuesday’s election. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer The same provisional ballot question that kept a nation on edge crept into a state senate […]

County commission incumbents prevail

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J. Albin Smith, left, and his wife Sandra watch the election results Tuesday at the Curry County Courthouse. (Staff photo: Eric Kluth) By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer Republican incumbents Albin Smith and Tim Ashley will remain on the Curry County Commission. Ashley held 57 percent of the votes (2,287) in defeating Democrat Paul D. […]

Campos keeps District 63 seat

By Kevin Wilson: Freedom Newpapers Jose Campos kept his spot as a state representative in District 63 on Tuesday, trouncing Republican challenger Russell Grider by almost 1,000 votes. Campos, D-Santa Rosa, garnered 57 percent of the votes. Grider, R-Clovis, did well in Curry and Roosevelt counties but did poorly in De Baca and Guadalupe counties. […]

Some still claim past election was stolen

by Jim Lee It’s time to write about something even more scary than Halloween — the election is Tuesday. Maybe I shouldn’t use the word scary. When things go reasonably close to the way they should, presidential elections are not evil occasions. Maybe it’s because of my legal training or all those political science classes […]

Gay marriage: The debate is disappointing

Freedom Editorial Advocates on all sides assure us that the failure of the Senate, by a 50-48 margin, to get even a majority in favor of a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage is not the end of the process but only the beginning. We suspect they are right, but we fervently wish that it […]

ENMU soccer squads picked low

CNJ STAFF RICHARDSON, Texas — If their conference preseason polls are to be believed, Eastern New Mexico University’s soccer teams have their work cut out this fall. The second-year women’s program is projected to finish ninth in the 10-team Lone Star Conference race. The Zias were 3-12-2 last year in their inaugural campaign, including 2-6 […]

Zias third in LSC volleyball poll

CNJ STAFF RICHARDSON, Texas — West Texas A&M may have captured all seven Lone Star Conference South titles since the league went to divisional play in 1997, but the Lady Buffs are expected to have their work cut out trying to extend that streak this fall. WT earned just eight of 17 first-place votes in […]

Kernan rolls in District 42 primary

By David Arkin: CNJ CORRESPONDENT Gay Kernan’s hard work is done. The Hobbs school teacher defeated William Palmer, a Lovington oil man, on Tuesday in the state’s primary by a 60-40 percent margin to seal the Senate District 42 seat. It was Kernan’s first election victory. She was appointed to her current seat by former […]

DA race piques voter interest

By Eric Butler: CNJ CORRESPONDENT The combination of the availability of an alternate early voting site with the interest sparked by the district attorney’s race sent more Republicans to the polls in 2004 than the previous primary election. For the Democratic Party, where only one race was contested — State Senate District 7 — significantly […]

How they voted: Election results

CNJ staff The following represents unnofficial totals based on information obtained from the Secretery of State Web site and the Curry and Roosevelt County courthouses. President of the United States: Republican • (I) George W. Bush — 26,354 votes. United States Representative, District 3: Democrat • (I) Tom Udall — 26,944 votes. Republican • Gregory […]

Kernan likely winner

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent Hobbs lawmaker Gay Kernan late Tuesday looked as if she may hold onto her Senate seat. Kernan held a 61-39 percent lead over opponent William Palmer for the Senate District 42 Republican seat, according to totals obtained through the Secretary of State’s Web site at 11:30 p.m. Kernan had received […]

Bookout wins treasurer nomination

By Darrell Todd Maurina: CNJ staff writer Curry County Republicans decided Tuesday by a two-to-one margin that Rhonda Bookout will be their candidate to face chief deputy treasurer Rachel Toney in November’s race for county treasurer. According to election tallies, Bookout received 1,953 votes compared to 970 votes for her Republican primary opponent, Beni A. […]

Frost up in District 7 Senate race

By David Arkin: CNJ correspondent A lifelong rancher from San Jon was holding a commanding lead over his challenger, a former Raton mayor, for the Democrat nod for Senate District 7 late Tuesday night. About 81 percent of the precincts had been counted. Bob Frost, a 61-year-old San Jon rancher, was leading Fred Sparks of […]

CNJ poll has record number of voters

STAFF REPORTS Last week’s Clovis News Journal Web site poll on the district attorney’s race registered 905 votes, by far the most in the site’s one-year history, Freedom Newspapers of New Mexico Editor David Stevens said. Challenger Matt Chandler received 567 votes in the poll, compared to 338 for incumbent Brett Carter. “The poll is […]

Local Republicans come together to gain support

By Jack King: CNJ staff writer Republican state Supreme Court candidate Ned Fuller told his audience at a Republican candidates’ forum Monday there is one cure for “fuzzy-headed liberalitis” — a full-judge transplant. Fuller, who is running for the state Supreme Court seat occupied by Richardson-appointee Edward Chavez, spoke to a meeting of the Curry […]

ENMU gets election right … a week later

Mike Linn: CNJ news editor With family in Palm Beach County, Fla., I was sure I’d seen it all regarding elections after 2000, when hanging chads and butterfly ballots made more news than Michael Jordan and Barry Bonds combined. But last week a new stream of election chaos shook the quiet campus of Eastern New […]

ENMU student leadership election results questioned

By Darrell Todd Maurina, CNJ STAFF WRITER Number of votes cast outnumbers the students who are listed as voting. When Eastern New Mexico University student Brett Trembly received the highest number of votes for student body president on Thursday, he was glad to see an increased turnout compared to previous elections. The 654 votes cast […]

GOPs gather to back Bush

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Rep. Anna Crook R-Clovis speaks to a group of Bush-Cheney supporters during a meeting Thursday in Clovis. CNJ staff photo: Eric Kluth By Ryan Lengerich: CNJ staff writer A Curry County grassroots organization touting the Bush/Cheney campaign held its first meeting Thursday night and featured an address from a state representative. Rep. Anna Crook, R-Clovis, […]