Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Race Too Close in N.M., Too.

Byline: Michael Coleman Journal Staff Writer

* Election officials still counting early and absentee ballots that were in question

Some national television networks and newspapers kept reporting Wednesday that Al Gore won the New Mexico presidential vote, but state election and party officials said the race remained too close to call.

With more than 60,000 early and absentee ballots in question in Bernalillo County, it remained unclear whether Democrat Gore or Republican George W. Bush would collect New Mexico's five electoral votes.

Gore led Bush in New Mexico by about 10,000 votes Wednesday 49 percent to 47 percent according to numbers provided by the secretary of state. …

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