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Hillary Clinton officially wins N.M. caucus

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New Mexico, USA

Hillary Rodham Clinton won New Mexico's Democratic caucus Thursday following a prolonged vote-count that went on for nine days after the Feb. 5 election, the party's chairman said.

Brian Colon, whose party conducted the caucus, said Clinton had won 73,105 votes, or 48.8 percent, to Barack Obama's 71,396, or 47.6 percent.

New Mexico had been the only one of 22 states that held Democratic primaries and caucuses on Super Tuesday, but which had not yet reported a winner.

Mara Lee, state director of Clinton's campaign in New Mexico, said, "We're absolutely thrilled to be the choice."

The count had been delayed because of some 17,000 provisional ballots that had been cast Feb. 5 but not immediately counted. Those ballots had to be qualified and counted in what turned out to be an arduous process.

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