Torres Small wins New Mexico's 2nd congressional district
Democrat Xochitl Torres Small won the U.S. Representative for Dona Ana County District 2 at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, a day after the general election.
"It would’ve been easy to give up on this process. People could’ve said this is just another time it hasn’t worked. And instead people were calling me this morning people were showing up to make sure their votes counted," said Torres Small.
More than a dozen people were still counting absentee ballots in Dona Ana County on Wednesday.
On Wednesday at noon, more than 8,000 votes still needed to be added to the total.
Republican Yvette Herrell and Democrat Xochitl Torres Small were at deadlocked.
Just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, Torres Small took the lead when more than 6,000 of the absentee ballot votes went to her.
"This process doesn’t fix our challenges only working together will do that and that’s why I am so grateful for everyone who has stood up in this moment to work together," said Torres Small.
Torres-Small told CBS4 she wasn’t ready to concede Tuesday night.
Amanda Lopez Askin, the Dona Ana County clerk, explained why the process took so long.
“I will say we had triple to quadruple the absentee ballots we had in 2016 and 2014, so the board that is appointed last year was able to handle the 2,000 and 3,000; however, when you quadruple that amount, it obviously stretches the seven people that were here,” Askin said.
More people were added Wednesday to help count ballots.