LAS CRUCES, N.M. — It took a recount to determine a winner in the New Mexico State Representative race District 37 with Dr. Terry McMillan being declared the winner Thursday afternoon.
McMillan, the Republican candidate, defeated Democrat Joanne Ferrary by eight votes after the recount was completed.
"The magic number for me is obviously eight," McMillan said. "At this point, a landslide victory compared to where we were."
McMillan received 6,267 total votes, to Ferrary's 6,259 pending certification.
The race was dead even at 50 percent on election day and went to recount per state law.
Both candidates said they were relieved the election had finally had a declared winner and commended the staff charged with the hard task of tallying all the ballots.
"They worked very hard with the canvassing board and to go through the process correctly," Ferrary said.
McMillan expressed the same sentiments toward the staff.
"At the end of it to see everything add up so well, it really speaks well for the clerk's office and the way they did this," McMillan said.
He added the delay in the outcome will not affect the upcoming legislative session.
"I certainly had to put things on hold and we'll begin the process of drafting the legislation I have in mind, but we have time," McMillan said.
Ferrary said she does not know if she will run in the future, but well work with the community on the issues highlighted in her campaign.
The legislative session opens January 15th of next year.