Wednesday, February 6, 2008

Cold weather, heavy turnout in New Mexico

By Emil Shaw

Rio Rancho, NM -- It was cold as hell. Unusual for New Mexico. Thirty degreeweather. Wind chill made it seem like it was still lower. We were supposed to vote in the Democratic Primary at the Rio Rancho High School (ultra-modern, built with Intel money). Polls were to open up at 12 noon and close at 7 PM.

We arrived at 12:15 p.m., the parking lot was already full. One thousand people plus were jammed into the school auditorium. By the time that the polls were done 8,000 people were reported to have voted. People were still voting at 9:30 in the evening. The vote split between Obama and Clinton. Up until 6 p.m., the Clinton campaign was sending out robo-calls to get support for Clinton. The Obama campaign was depending on TV ads and

In Santa Fe, Sandoval, Bernallilo Counties, Obama was slightly ahead. In other areas it was Clinton ahead. A lot of action by AFSCME and AFT for Clinton. Still the votes split.

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