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8:35 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Another Primary Election Candidate Eyes Possible Sunland Park Voter Fraud

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 suspects there was election fraud in Sunland Park — a charge also made by 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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Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News. 

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