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Key New Mexico county absentee votes stalls US House race

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ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — Absentee votes in a key New Mexico county are stalling a closely watched U.S. House race in southern New Mexico.

Dona Ana County Clerk Amanda Lopez Askin told The Associated Press on Wednesday that officials are working to count around 8,000 absentee ballots and an untold number of other ballots dropped off or delivered by mail on Tuesday.

Republican Yvette Herrell and Democrat Xochitl Torres Small are in a tight race for U.S. House seat in southern New Mexico that is still too close to call.

Askin says she did not know if the county would be able to submit final vote numbers by Wednesday or Thursday.

Askin says she has deputized five Democrats and five Republicans to help with the count.