Election Countdown

New Mexico – At last, it's almost time for the general election.

After months of campaigning and what seems like endless advertising on the state's broadcast airwaves, voters will learn Tuesday who will be the first woman elected governor of New Mexico Lt. Gov. Diane Denish or Las Cruces prosecutor Susana Martinez.

Gov. Bill Richardson cannot seek re-election after two terms, and Denish, who shared the Democratic ticket with him in the past two elections, is seeking the state's top job against Martinez, the Republican district attorney in Dona Ana County.

Barring the dreaded tabulation problems that can prolong the wait for results, we will also learn the outcome of New Mexico's three fiercely contested congressional races and statewide campaigns for secretary of state, auditor, treasurer, attorney general and land commissioner.

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