SANTA FE (AP) — The state Canvassing Board has made it official that Republican Paul Pacheco won a recount for an Albuquerque-area seat in the state House of Representatives.
The board on Monday certified the recount results, which showed Pacheco defeating Democrat Marci Blaze by 78 votes. That's up from a 66-vote margin before the recount. The district covers parts of Sandoval and Bernalillo counties.
Unofficial recount returns had indicated a 79 vote margin, but Bernalillo County corrected its figures. Pacheco is a retired Albuquerque policeman.
Pacheco's victory means Democrats will hold a 38-32 advantage in the House. Currently, Democrats have a 36-33 majority and there's one independent.
The canvassing board is made up of the governor, secretary of state and chief justice of the state Supreme Court.
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New Mexico is located in the southwestern region of the U.S. Inhabited by Native American populations for many centuries, New Mexico has also been part of Imperial Spain, part of Mexico, and a U.S. territory.