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.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)