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ABQ Elections: Absentee results in too; Berry extends lead
The New Mexico Independent ^ | October 6, 2009 | Matthew Reichbach

Posted on 10/06/2009 7:46:48 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Richard “RJ” Berry appears to be winning a plurality of the absentee votes posted to the Bernalillo county Web site moments ago. Berry now has 41.62 percent of the vote compared to 36.03 percent for incumbent mayor Martin Chavez and 22.18 percent for former state Pro Tem Richard Romero.

(Excerpt) Read more at newmexicoindependent.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: New Mexico
KEYWORDS: albuquerque; berry; mayor; nm2009
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1 posted on 10/06/2009 7:46:48 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: greyfoxx39; fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; Impy; Norman Bates; darkangel82; SwinneySwitch; ...

Thanks to DJ for finding this.

Albuquerque was an Obama stronghold last year. The tide appears to be turning.


2 posted on 10/06/2009 7:49:12 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Gosh, I hope so.


3 posted on 10/06/2009 7:50:19 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Clintonfatigued

May I be included on your ping list?


4 posted on 10/06/2009 7:51:42 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Live returns:
http://www.kob.com/kobtvimages/misc/race101.htm

As of 9:51pm CDT

Albuquerque Mayor
Precincts Reporting
25% 48 of 186

Win Candidate Votes Percent

*Need 40% to win without runoff

Richard J. Berry (R) 10,690 38%

Martin Chavez (D) (Incumbent) 9,685 36%

Richard Romero (D) 6,811 25%

Write-In 55 1%


5 posted on 10/06/2009 7:52:36 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Clintonfatigued; fieldmarshaldj; Impy

Well, it’s easier to win when a second Democrat runs and gets over 20%. We need Romero to run as an independent for the ABQ congressional seat. : )


6 posted on 10/06/2009 7:52:44 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: perfect_rovian_storm

Sure, I’ll write your name down.


7 posted on 10/06/2009 7:54:13 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Thanks! :)


8 posted on 10/06/2009 7:55:37 PM PDT by perfect_rovian_storm (The worst is behind us. Unfortunately it is really well endowed.)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

That’s the same Richard Romero who was Heather Wilson’s opponent in 2002 and 2004 (getting 45 and 46% in each race). He’s an ex-Republican. If it goes to a runoff, there may be an even chance he endorses Berry, since he hammered Chavez pretty hard (and Chavez’s campaign attacked him in turn, calling him a disloyal Dem for being a prior Republican).


9 posted on 10/06/2009 7:56:10 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Looks like either ACORN is not providing voters or the people are waking up to Democrats and don’t like what they see.


10 posted on 10/06/2009 7:56:52 PM PDT by PhiKapMom (Mary Fallin - OK Gov/Coburn - Senate 2010 ! Take Back the House/Senate! Stop ZERO!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; perfect_rovian_storm

Martin Chavez has holed up in his campaign HQ, and it’s not a good sign for the candidate when that happens.

http://alibi.com/?story=xy_1269&scn=blog


11 posted on 10/06/2009 7:57:11 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Berry back up to 39%.

Albuquerque Mayor
Precincts Reporting
30% 57 of 186

Win Candidate Votes Percent

Richard J. Berry 11,669 39%

Martin Chavez (Incumbent) 10,562 35%

Richard Romero 7,470 25%

Write-In 64 1%


12 posted on 10/06/2009 7:58:50 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Clintonfatigued

This radio station is supposedly carrying live coverage with the lib blogger Joe Monahan:
http://www.kanw.com/

Monahan dubbed me the “NM political expert from TN.” :-P


13 posted on 10/06/2009 8:01:03 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

In another article from the same reporter, it’s pointed out that the number of early and absentee votes are double what they were four years ago.

http://newmexicoindependent.com/38604/abq-elections-early-and-absentee-votes-nearly-double-the-number-of-in-05


14 posted on 10/06/2009 8:01:13 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

1/3rd in, Berry just under the threshold.

Albuquerque Mayor
Precincts Reporting
33% 62 of 186

Win Candidate Votes Percent

Richard J. Berry 12,361 39%

Martin Chavez (Incumbent) 11,096 35%

Richard Romero 7,757 25%

Write-In 68 1%


15 posted on 10/06/2009 8:02:13 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Iremember Romero very well from his races against Wilson, which is why I thought about how nice it would be for him to run as an indy inthe House race in 2010.

I recall some controversy thatled many Democrats to desert him. Did he make a deal with Republicans to stay as Senate president or something? I can’t remember what it was.


16 posted on 10/06/2009 8:03:39 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Yeah, saw that. Chavez may still win ultimately, but it won’t be like in ‘05. I was in ABQ around this time 4 years ago when he was campaigning for his prior term and he didn’t have much but desultory opposition.


17 posted on 10/06/2009 8:04:03 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: AuH2ORepublican

Yeah, he bounced the venerable (and very corrupt) Manny Aragon from his perch as Senate President Pro Tempore in 2001 (after a whopping 13 years), although Aragon got the Majority Leader position later in the year when the DINO Tim Jennings left the job (I forget whether he was deposed or left voluntarily). Aragon is now in prison.


18 posted on 10/06/2009 8:07:36 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Clintonfatigued

36% in, unchanged.

Albuquerque Mayor
Precincts Reporting
36% 67 of 186

Win Candidate Votes Percent

Richard J. Berry 13,042 39%

Martin Chavez (Incumbent) 11,625 36%

Richard Romero 8,006 24%

Write-In 72 1%


19 posted on 10/06/2009 8:08:17 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Berry back up at 40% !

Albuquerque Mayor
Precincts Reporting
39% 74 of 186

Win Candidate Votes Percent

Richard J. Berry 13,892 40%

Martin Chavez (Incumbent) 12,235 35%

Richard Romero 8,362 24%

Write-In 77 1%


20 posted on 10/06/2009 8:15:11 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I am hopeful. With Chavez and his staff behind closed doors, they have to be worried.


21 posted on 10/06/2009 8:16:23 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: fieldmarshaldj
Monahan dubbed me the “NM political expert from TN.” :-P

A liberal who does sarcasm. WHo knew?

22 posted on 10/06/2009 8:22:24 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Is a run-off required if noody is over 50%??


23 posted on 10/06/2009 8:22:41 PM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but socialists' ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Berry still holding.

Albuquerque Mayor
Precincts Reporting
43% 81 of 186

Win Candidate Votes Percent

Richard J. Berry 14,733 40%

Martin Chavez (Incumbent) 12,982 35%

Richard Romero 8,855 24%

Write-In 84 1%


24 posted on 10/06/2009 8:23:19 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Robert A. Cook, PE

To win outright you just need 40%. The Republican Berry is exactly at 40%. If he wins, this will be a stunning upset. The formerly popular Chavez should not be running at 35%, that is simply terrible for him.


25 posted on 10/06/2009 8:25:00 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj; AuH2ORepublican; GeronL; Robert A. Cook, PE

Albuquerque Mayor
Precincts Reporting
43% 81 of 186

Win Candidate Votes Percent

Richard J. Berry 14,733 40%

Martin Chavez (Incumbent) 12,982 35%

Richard Romero 8,855 24%

Write-In 84 1%


26 posted on 10/06/2009 8:25:01 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

This is kind of like crossed phone lines.

; )


27 posted on 10/06/2009 8:25:52 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (Liberal sacred cows make great hamburger)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Isn’t there also a North Carolina primary or something??


28 posted on 10/06/2009 8:26:51 PM PDT by GeronL
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To: Clintonfatigued

BTTT!


29 posted on 10/06/2009 8:27:30 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A mob of one.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Almost half in, Berry still where he needs to be.

Albuquerque Mayor
Precincts Reporting
46% 86 of 186

Win Candidate Votes Percent

Richard J. Berry 15,972 40%

Martin Chavez (Incumbent) 13,920 35%

Richard Romero 9,263 24%

Write-In 86 1%


30 posted on 10/06/2009 8:31:57 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Hopefully, Berry will pull it off.

I guess NMPIRG and ACORN were a little less involved this time.


31 posted on 10/06/2009 8:36:40 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A mob of one.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Interesting the media is saying nothing about this, this is a major upset in the making.


32 posted on 10/06/2009 8:36:46 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Jet Jaguar

If the reports about Chavez’s “victory” party being like a funeral from the start are true, he already knows what’s happened. I just want to hear the media declare Berry the winner. First GOP Mayor of ABQ in almost 3 decades, and not some liberal RINO like ex-Gov. Dave Cargo who nearly beat Chavez back in ‘93, either, but a Conservative.


33 posted on 10/06/2009 8:38:49 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Half the vote counted, Berry still winning.

Albuquerque Mayor
Precincts Reporting
50% 93 of 186

Win Candidate Votes Percent

Richard J. Berry 17,253 40%

Martin Chavez (Incumbent) 14,976 36%

Richard Romero 9,795 23%

Write-In 93 1%


34 posted on 10/06/2009 8:39:48 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

UGH! Nerve retching... I hope he pulls it off...STUNNING UPSET if his numbers hold tight!! This could be the beginning of BEAUTIFUL things to come!!


35 posted on 10/06/2009 8:39:52 PM PDT by RoseofTexas
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To: RoseofTexas; Clintonfatigued

53% in, Berry still winning.

Albuquerque Mayor
Precincts Reporting
53% 99 of 186

Win Candidate Votes Percent

Richard J. Berry 18,252 40%

Martin Chavez (Incumbent) 15,908 36%

Richard Romero 10,384 23%

Write-In 100 1%


36 posted on 10/06/2009 8:48:14 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Sweet,

I remember Cargo.

He was a decent guy.


37 posted on 10/06/2009 8:50:08 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A mob of one.)
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To: Jet Jaguar; RoseofTexas; Clintonfatigued

56% in, Berry still winning. A State Rep. predicted this would be exactly what he’d get, and it appears he is.

Albuquerque Mayor
Precincts Reporting
56% 105 of 186

Win Candidate Votes Percent

Richard J. Berry 19,366 40%

Martin Chavez (Incumbent) 16,778 36%

Richard Romero 10,979 23%

Write-In 108 1%


38 posted on 10/06/2009 8:54:54 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Looking at some of the bond issues it looks to me like NM is for more spending of money they do not have. I don’t call that any kind of conservative victory.


39 posted on 10/06/2009 8:56:46 PM PDT by JoSixChip (The only thing broken in this country is the government.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

I live in Santa Fe and get the ABQ TV. Mayor Chavez just stated in an interview that if trends hold, Berry will be the next mayor. He seemed to know that the outstanding votes were in precincts not favorable to him.


40 posted on 10/06/2009 9:04:10 PM PDT by liberlog
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To: liberlog

Very good.


41 posted on 10/06/2009 9:04:48 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A mob of one.)
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To: JoSixChip

Just looked at the bond issues, and its mostly a bunch of feel-good lib stuff. A lot of money for parks and recreation.


42 posted on 10/06/2009 9:05:32 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: liberlog

Yeah, the problem is, I have no idea what precincts are being counted. If this isn’t the GOP leaning areas (such as the East Side), Chavez is toast. Apparently the Dem Councilman from that area, Cadigan, has lost to a GOP challenger as well.


43 posted on 10/06/2009 9:07:38 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: ABQHispConservative; Jet Jaguar; RoseofTexas; Clintonfatigued

60% in. Berry is now at 41%, the highest since the absentees were reported. I expect they’re going to have to declare him the winner within a half-hour at this rate barring a surprise.

Albuquerque Mayor
Precincts Reporting
60% 113 of 186

Win Candidate Votes Percent

Richard J. Berry 20,940 41%

Martin Chavez (Incumbent) 17,801 35%

Richard Romero 11,455 23%

Write-In 113 1%


44 posted on 10/06/2009 9:09:45 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Update. Berry is up to 41%!

Precincts Reporting
60% 113 of 186

Win Candidate Votes Percent
Richard J. Berry 20,940 41%
Martin Chavez (Incumbent) 17,801 35%
Richard Romero 11,455 23%
Write-In 113 1%


45 posted on 10/06/2009 9:09:46 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: ABQHispConservative

Gotta be faster, beat ya by a second. ;-)


46 posted on 10/06/2009 9:10:21 PM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Beat me by 1 second!


47 posted on 10/06/2009 9:10:40 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

Berry needs 40%+1, so as we start approaching 80% of precincts reporting it would be helpful to see Berry’s vote percentage with one (or maybe two) decimal points. The difference between 39.5% and 40.4% is HUGE.


48 posted on 10/06/2009 9:10:45 PM PDT by AuH2ORepublican (Fred Thompson appears human-sized because he is actually standing a million miles away.)
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To: fieldmarshaldj

You did it again!


49 posted on 10/06/2009 9:11:05 PM PDT by ABQHispConservative (A Blue Dog Democrat is an oxyMoron!)
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To: ABQHispConservative
If people still think they can continue spending money they don't have, I don't see how we can say we have made any progress. I think we are going to have to split the country up in two.
50 posted on 10/06/2009 9:11:54 PM PDT by JoSixChip (The only thing broken in this country is the government.)
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