Candidate cites Sunland Park voting fraud for loss

Posted at: 08/01/2014 7:45 AM
By: The Associated Press



SUNLAND PARK, N.M. (AP) - Another primary election candidate is citing possible voter fraud in a troubled New Mexico border town for her loss to a Democratic competitor.
    
The Las Cruces Sun-News reports that Merrie Lee Soules announced this week she will challenge the outcome of her race to become the party's nominee to the District 5 Public Regulation Commission. Soules lost to contender Sandy Jones of Truth or Consequences by 128 votes.
    
But Soules says she suspect there was election fraud in Sunland Park - a charge also made Rep. Mary Helen Garcia, who lost in the primary by 16 votes.
    
In 2012, Sunland Park drew national attention after a mayoral candidate was charged with extortion for secretly recording an opponent receiving a lap dance from a topless woman in his campaign office.

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