Senate race finally over – 21 days late

David Irvin

Twenty two days after the election, the people of Senate District 7 finally have official word. Republican Clinton Harden of Clovis is their state senator defeating Democrat Bob Frost of San Jon by 36 votes.
Harden received 9,010 votes and Frost received 8,974 votes.
According to the New Mexico Secretary of State Rebecca Vigil-Giron’s office, the canvassing of the votes ended at 9 a.m. Tuesday morning thus certifying the Nov. 2 general election results.
The canvassing board is made up of Vigil-Giron, Chief Justice Petra Maes of the New Mexico Supreme Court and Lt. Gov. Diane Denish, who represented Gov. Bill Richardson.
Unofficial election results listed on the Secretary of State’s Web site Monday night showed Harden in the lead over Frost by 38 votes (9,010 to 8,972) thus the Democratic challenger came two votes closer in the final count..
Early in the evening of Nov. 2, Frost held a substantial lead over Harden by winning nearly every northern county of the district. However, Harden then came up with more than 75 percent of the vote in Curry County, which brought the race to a near draw.
Harden has said he trusts the work the county clerks have done in the district and feels comfortable with the slight lead he has over his challenger.
Frost, on his part said with the margin that close he would not concede the race before the statewide canvassing this morning.
Harden is the business administrator and owner of Twin Cronnie in Clovis. He was appointed to the state Senate in 2002 by former Gov. Gary Johnson.
Frost has been the owner and manager of a ranch since 1962. He has served on the San Jon School Board and is former president of New Mexico Cattle Growers Association.