Clinton, Obama in N.M. deadlock

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By Carol A. Clark

Bitter cold, icy rain and blinding snow had little impact on the overwhelming turnout at caucuses and primaries that took place Tuesday in 24 states from Alaska to New York. In Los Alamos, the turnout was some 47 percent higher than in the caucus four years ago.“That’s a very high turnout for a primary election that usually has voting rates of 10-20 percent,” said Los Alamos County Democratic Party Chair Stephen Fettig this morning. “What that means is we’re going to have a wonderful turnout for the general election come Nov. 4.”Of the 4,552 Democrats registered to vote by the Jan. 4 deadline, Fettig said 2,205 voted between noon and 7 p.m. Tuesday. “To put that in perspective, that’s an average of more than 315 people voting each hour,” Fettig said. “When people talk about waiting in line for an hour, there was the parking issue and weather part of the day. Four and sometimes five registration clerks worked as fast as they could to move people through the check-in process. In Bernalillo, there were waits of more than three hours, so in terms of speed here, we did quite well.”The reason there weren’t more polling places open or a site in White Rock is because there weren’t enough volunteers, Fettig said.

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