Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Early, Absentee Results Ease Minds of Candidates.

Byline: Andrea Schoellkopf Journal Staff Writer

Many Had To Wait A Day for Tallies

The final tallies of the absentee and early votes from Sandoval County meant that some legislative candidates could breathe easier Wednesday night.

Republican Steve Komadina, who was reluctant to declare himself the winner Tuesday, was reassured after the absentee and early voter counts came in. The results showed him with 53.7 percent of the vote over Democrat Brad Hays for Senate District 9.

"It's never been won by more than 500 votes in the past," Komadina said. "That's significant, it's great."

The Corrales resident said he had been having difficulty getting results from Sandoval County all day Wednesday. …

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