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The Latest: Losing Republican files lawsuit in US House race

November 14, 2018
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Congressional District 2 Republican candidate Yvette Herrell talks to supporters at the Republican Party of Otero County watch party in Alamogordo, N.M., Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. (Duane Barbati/Alamogordo Daily News via AP)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The Latest on the U.S. House race in southern New Mexico (all times local):

8:15 p.m.

A New Mexico Republican who lost her bid for a U.S. House seat is seeking to impound absentee ballots in a key county that decided the race to the Democrat.

Yvette Herrell filed a lawsuit late Tuesday in New Mexico state district court and is asking a judge to impound the absentee ballots so her campaign could inspect them.

Court documents filed by Herrell’s lawyers cited “chain-of-custody issues and other improprieties” but didn’t give details.

Herrell told Fox News on Saturday there were “over 100 documented complaints” about voting irregularities. She didn’t provide evidence and her campaign has not returned repeated voicemails, text messages and emails from The Associated Press seeking details about her accusations.

The AP called the race for Democrat Xochitl (ZOH’-cheel) Torres Small after the absentee ballots from Dona Ana County tallied Wednesday put her over the top.

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4 p.m.

The Republican Party of New Mexico says it is considering “legal recourses” over results that showed Democrat Xochitl (ZOH’-cheel) Torres Small winning a U.S. House race in southern New Mexico.

Republican Party of New Mexico chairman Ryan Cangiolosi said in a statement Tuesday that the party is working with the campaign of Republican Yvette Herrell to review “concerning reports” from voters over Tuesday’s election.

Cangiolosi did not give details on these reports.

Cangiolosi’s comments come after Herrell told Fox News on Saturday there were “over 100 documented complaints” about voting irregularities. She didn’t provide evidence and her campaign has not returned repeated voicemails, text messages and emails seeking details about her accusations.

The Associated Press called the race for Torres Small after the absentee ballots from Dona Ana County tallied Wednesday put her over the top.

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Noon

A key New Mexico county has certified results of a closely watched U.S. House race in New Mexico while the Republican is refusing to concede and alleging voting irregularities.

The Dona Ana County Canvassing Board voted unanimously Tuesday to certify the results that showed Democrat Xochitl Torres Small defeating Republican Yvette Herrell. The Associated Press called the race for Torres Small after the absentee ballots from Dona Ana County tallied Wednesday put her over the top.

Herrell had declared victory Tuesday night despite the high number of outstanding ballots in Dona Ana County — a Democratic stronghold.

On Saturday, Herrell told Fox News there were “over 100 documented complaints” about voting irregularities. She didn’t provide evidence and her campaign has not returned repeated voicemails, text messages and emails seeking details about her accusations.

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10:30 a.m.

A key New Mexico county is set to certify results of a closely watched U.S. House race in New Mexico while the Republican is refusing to concede and alleging voting irregularities.

The Dona Ana County Canvassing Board is scheduled Tuesday to certify the results between Democrat Xochitl Torres Small and Republican Yvette Herrell. The Associated Press called the race for Torres Small after the absentee ballots tallied Wednesday put her over the top.

Herrell had declared victory Tuesday night despite the high number of outstanding ballots in Dona Ana County — a Democratic stronghold.

On Saturday, Herrell told Fox News there were “over 100 documented complaints” about voting irregularities. She didn’t provide evidence and her spokesman has not returned repeated voicemails, text messages and emails.

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