New Mexico

NEW MEXICO….It’s now Friday. So who won Tuesday’s election in New Mexico? Answer: there are 16,000 provisional ballots left to count, so we still don’t know:

With all votes counted Thursday except the provisionals, preliminary results showed U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton holding a lead of 1,123 votes — 68,654 votes compared with 67,531 for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama.

….Party rules allow provisional ballots to be cast so voters in the wrong place — such as state lawmakers in Santa Fe for the legislative session instead of their home towns, for example — could cast a ballot….As the questions pile up — along with reports of would-be voters who were discouraged by long, slow-moving lines and other problems at various polling sites — discontent with the party is growing.

My understanding is that the delegate count is unlikely to be affected regardless of how this turns out, but apparently New Mexico Democrats are pretty pissed off at the party for this mess. Bill Richardson’s VP odds just took a tumble.