Local News

  • Obama wins second term

    By Mike Hammer

    The Associated Press


    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term, defeating Republican Mitt Romney in a hard-fought race in which the economy was the dominant issue.

    Voters decided to give Obama another four years of stewardship over an economy that is slowly recovering from the recession.

    Obama captured battleground states including Ohio, Iowa and Colorado on his way to the 270 electoral votes he needed.

  • Obama wins re-election

    By David Espo
    AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama won re-election Tuesday night despite a fierce challenge from Mitt Romney as well as a weak economy and high unemployment that crimped the middle class dreams of millions.

    "This happened because of you. Thank you" he tweeted to supporters" as he secured four more years in the White House.

  • BREAKING: Networks declare Obama winner

    Fox News, NBC, ABC and CNN have all declared Barack Obama the winner in the hard fought race for president.

  • Lujan wins re-election in NM's 3rd District

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE — Democratic Rep. Ben Ray Lujan has easily won re-election in New Mexico's 3rd Congressional District.

    In early returns, Lujan beat Tucumcari rancher Jefferson Byrd 68 percent to 32 percent to win a third term to the seat representing northern New Mexico.

    Lujan is the son of the longtime speaker of the New Mexico House, Ben Lujan.

  • San Miguel County's GRT measure losing

    With 15 of 17 San Miguel County precincts reporting, the proposal to increase the gross receipts tax by one-fourth of 1 percent is losing. Results show 50.6 percent of votes counted so far against the measure with 49.36 percent in favor. 

  • Democrat Martin Heinrich leads NM US Senate race

    By Barry Massey

    The Associated Press

    ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Democrat Martin Heinrich took an early lead Tuesday over Republican Heather Wilson in the race for New Mexico's U.S. Senate seat.

    Heinrich was running stronger than Wilson in the vote-rich Albuquerque area in returns from early voting.

    The winner of the race will succeed Democrat Jeff Bingaman, who is retiring after 30 years.

  • Obama takes NH, Pa., trails in electoral count

    By David Espo

    P Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama captured hard-fought New Hampshire Tuesday night in a tense duel for the White House with Mitt Romney, claiming the first of the pivotal battleground states in a close election shadowed by a weak economy and high unemployment.

    The president also secured Pennsylvania, where Romney campaigned twice in the race's closing days after virtually ignoring it for months.

  • Race tight as election night count goes to wire

    By David Espo

    AP Special Correspondent

    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama powered through the reliably Democratic Northeast, and Republican Mitt Romney secured his conservative base Tuesday night in a tense duel for the White House shadowed by a weak economy and high unemployment.

    The battlegrounds that held the keys to the White House were anything but settled — Virginia, Ohio and Florida among them — with long lines in many locations long after poll-close time.

  • Eight sail into office unopposed

    They may not have been facing an opponent, but several area residents nonetheless walked away from Tuesday’s general election with the public office they were seeking.

    District Attorney Richard Flores, the top prosecutor in San Miguel, Mora and Guadalupe counties, was unopposed in both the primary and the general election. The Democrat secured another four-year term as district attorney.

  • Brother of Syrian speaker killed

    The Associated Press

    BEIRUT — Gunmen killed the brother of Syria’s parliament speaker in a hail of bullets as he drove to work in Damascus on Tuesday, the state news agency said, as the international envoy for Syria warned the country could become another Somalia.