ALAMOGORDO - Two Republican candidates running for spots on the New Mexico State Senate that include portions of Eddy County showed sizable leads Tuesday night as voter numbers began trickling in.

Final numbers on Tuesday's election were not available as of press time but Republicans Bill F. Burt and former Alamogordo Mayor Ron Griggs held double digit leads over their respective democratic challengers.

The polls in Otero County closed at 7 p.m. and employees at the clerk's office were still counting votes at 9 p.m. but Senate District candidate Ron Griggs showed a sizable lead over his democratic challenger Ellen Wedum with about 70 percent of the vote or 1,741 votes. Griggs also led Wedum in Eddy County with about 71 percent of the vote or 2,625 votes.

Wedum held 1,064 votes with 39 precincts reporting.

The 34th Senate District includes parts of Otero and Eddy Counties. Griggs and Wedum were competing to replace outgoing Republican Senator Vernon D. Asbill.

According to voter numbers released by the Otero County Clerks Office, Burt led his Democratic opponent Stephanie Dubois with 64 percent of the vote at press time.

The 33rd District includes parts of Otero, Chaves and Lincoln Counties. Election results from Chaves County posted on line just after 9 p.m. showed Burt holding a substantial lead.

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