FARMINGTON — A little more than 19 percent of San Juan County's registered voters cast ballots in Tuesday's primary election.

County Clerk Debbie Holmes said this year fewer voters participated in the primary election that past years, but the general election often turns out the most voters.

"Typically we have about a 60 to 65 percent in a general," she said. "So it is a big difference."

Of the 57,048 registered county voters, 10,963 voted, according to county clerk office's unofficial results. Republicans cast more than half those votes.

Holmes said 2,984 ballots were cast in early voting and 743 cast in absentee votes.

In the 2010 primary election 23 percent of registered county voters cast ballots, and in the 2006 primary 19 percent voted, she said.

On Tuesday, some voters leaving polls who were registered Democrats said they were frustrated because they had no say in races in which only Republican candidates were running, such as the sheriff's race.

Holmes said New Mexico hosts closed primary elections, meaning voters must register to a political affiliation at least 28 day before the election. Once registered, they can only vote for their party's candidates, she said.

But voters in the November general election are free to vote for any candidate, she said.

"The primary is just to pick your party's candidate to run against the opposing party," she said, "and it's been that way since I've been here."

The following are the unofficial results for the 13 contested primary election races that affect San Juan County.

Governor, Democrat

Gary King — 43,609 (35 percent)

Alan Webber — 28,197 (22.6 percent)

Lawrence Rael — 24, 677 (19. 8 percent)

Howie Morales — 17,775 (14.2 percent)

Linda Lopez — 10,234 (8.2 percent)

Mario Martinez (write-in) — 16 (.01 percent)

Phillip Chavez (write-in) — 15 (.01 percent)

 

U.S. Senator, Republican

Allen Weh — 4,152 (64 percent)

David Clements — 2,332 (35.9 percent)

 

State Treasurer, Democrat

Tim Eichenberg — 59,241 (52.7 percent)

John Wertheim — 53,175 (47.3 percent)

 

State Representative District 1, Republican

Rod Montoya — 1,425 (51.9 percent)

Karen Bayless — 1,317 (48 percent)

 

State Representative District 3, Democrat

Ben Lujan — 2,659 (78.4 percent)

Robert Blanch — 731 (21.5 percent)

 

State Representative District 5, Democrat

Doreen Johnson — 1,560 (54.4 percent)

Charles Long — 1,303 (45.5 percent)

 

State Representative District 9, Democrat

Patricia Lundstrom — 1,742 (63.7 percent)

Olin Clawson — 540 (19.7 percent)

Yolanda E Ahasteen-Azua — 276 (10.1 percent)

Jordan Johnson — 173 (6.3 percent)

 

State Representative District 65, Democrat

James Madalena — 1,283 (54.5 percent)

Orlando Lucero — 1,069 (45.4 percent)

 

Sheriff, Republican

Ken Christesen — 4,227 (59.6 percent)

Michael Kovacs — 2,501 (35.3 percent)

Daniel Goldberg — 357 (5 percent)

 

County Commissioner District 1, Democrat

Wallace Charley — 470 (31.3 percent)

Gary Montoya — 382 (25.4 percent)

Eva Stokely — 358 (23.8 percent)

Jerry Todacheene — 290 (19.3 percent)

 

Public Regulation Commissioner District 4, Democrat

Lynda Lovejoy — 9,807 (46.2 percent)

Theresa Becenti-Aguilar — 6,836 (32.2 percent)

Edward Michael — 4,546 (21.4 percent)

 

Magistrate Judge Division 1, Republican

Connie Johnston — 550 (28.1 percent)

Gary McDaniel — 513 (26.2 percent)

Brent Byrum — 320 (16.4 percent)

Stacey Biel — 259 (13.2 percent)

Patrick Otero — 160 (8.2 percent)

Jonny Brown — 120 (6.1 percent)

Mike Fauteaux — 29 (1.4 percent)

 

Magistrate Judge Division 2, Republican

Rena Scott — 307 (60.7 percent)

George Waybenais III — 198 (39.2 percent)

 

 

Dan Schwartz covers government for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4606 and dschwartz@daily-times.com. Follow him @dtdschwartz on Twitter.