New Mexico

Ted Cruz says New Mexico still ‘vigorously contested’ state in presidential election

On Sunday, Texas’ U.S. Senator Ted Cruz appeared on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures” with Maria Bartiromo to discuss the election and the media’s continual urge to want to “coronate Joe Biden as the next president.” 

Cruz mentioned New Mexico in the states that are being hotly contested for the presidential race, saying, “The American people get to elect our president. And, and at this point, we’ve got numerous states that are, that are very closely and vigorously contested from Pennsylvania to Georgia, to Arizona, to New Mexico, to Michigan, to Wisconsin.” 

New Mexico uses Dominion Voting Systems to tabulate votes, the same software which has “glitched” in states like Michigan that changed thousands of Republican votes in swing districts to Democrat. 

It is unclear if similar irregularities happened in New Mexico elections, as just minutes after the polls closed at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, November 3, Joe Biden was prematurely declared the winner of New Mexico, despite zero votes being counted yet.

There are multiple races that face recounts, including in the 13th Judicial District’s district attorney race where Democrat Barbara Romo and Republican Joshua Joe Jimenez are facing off for the seat with a razor-thin margin.

“The Sandoval County Clerk’s Office had around 700 additional ballots to tally up Tuesday that were not included in the totals on the Secretary of State’s website. Jimenez leads Romo by around 100 votes,” reports KOB 4.

As well, Republican former New Mexico state Rep. Ricky Little faces a recount where he leads Democrat Rep. Willie Madrid by a handful of votes in the 53rd House District. Madrid erroneously and without evidence claimed Otero County “wasn’t prepared” for the election, alleging voter suppression. 

4.5-mile-long caravan of patriotic Trump supporters parade into Santa Fe for ‘Stop the Steal’ rally

On Saturday, as part of the nationwide “Stop the Steal” rallies in support for a legal and fair election, patriots paraded into Santa Fe to the state Capitol to back the President as Democrats have been “finding” ballots in key swing states helping former Vice President Joe Biden. 

On the way to Santa Fe from Albuquerque was a 4.5-mile caravan of patriots, ready to rally for a free and fair election. 

Once the parade got to Santa Fe, it featured included notable figures in the state, such as Cowboys for Trump’s Couy Griffin, also an Otero County Commissioner, who rode into the Capitol on his horse, Red, and carrying a flag emblazoned with a Republican Party elephant.

Many folks carried Trump flags and signs, “Come and Take It” flags, and many American flags. 

Santa Fe Crime Stoppers offering $1k reward for tips after latest Santa Fe obelisk suspect arrested

On Friday, the Santa Fe New Mexican announced that a new suspect had been arrested following October’s toppling of the obelisk in downtown Santa Fe by supposed “Indigenous activists.” 

The press release reads as follows: 

Dawn Furlong (46 years old), was charged with Criminal Damage to Property (over $1,000), Conspiracy, Unlawful Assembly, Criminal Trespass, and Unauthorized Graffiti ($1,000 or less). 

The Santa Fe Police Department, Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, and the District Attorney’s Office continue to work together in the identification, location, and charging the individuals involved in this case in accordance with the judicial process.

At this time, we are continuing to identify individuals who will be facing charges for their involvement in the destruction of the Obelisk.

The Santa Fe Crime Stoppers is now offering a $1,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and prosecution of those involved.

If you have information related to the damage to the obelisk or know of people who were directly involved, please contact Captain Anthony Tapia by calling 505-955-5286 or by emailing him at .

If you were involved in the Obelisk destruction and would like to provide your statement to detectives, please contact Captain Anthony Tapia by calling 505-955-5286 or by emailing him at

The latest arrest comes as two individuals, Lily Sage Schweitzer and Ryan Witt were arrested and charged with similar counts, and more are expected to be arrested for the violent desecration of the downtown Santa Fe landmark.

Gov. MLG threatens new lockdown if New Mexicans don’t wear masks in their own homes

On Thursday, during Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham’s COVID-19 press conference with Health Secretary Dr. David Scrase. They announced new coronavirus cases and 21 deaths they claim are due to COVID-19. During the briefing, Lujan Grisham brought up her frustration with New Mexicans not following her strict public health orders. 

“You’re going to hear from medical professionals that say you should get too used to wearing a mask, even indoors in your own home because too many of us are asymptomatic, and we just don’t know,” said the Governor.

“And you have to stay away from other individuals. I cannot tell you how many times we all see — all of us — on social media where people are taking photos without their masks right next to each other and saying, ‘Well… you know, I was six feet… I had a mask on.’ You were right next to another human being. You cannot get close to other humans. If you are six feet — within six feet of another New Mexican, you are too close. You are increasing the opportunity for this virus to spread,” continued Lujan Grisham.

The Governor added, “I implore all of us. These are the things that will make the difference. If we do not do them, more drastic decision making will occur and we will have a horrible November and a dramatically bad December. And nobody in this state deserves that.” 

.⁦@GovMLG⁩ threatens new lockdowns if people do not wear masks in their own homes “You cannot get close to other humans.”

“It’s hard for me to remain patient,” said Dr. Scrase. “We are preparing all of our institutions for an Italy-like situation in the next couple weeks.” He also said he predicts the COVID-19 pandemic to extend well over another year’s time. 

NM Health Secretary Dr. David Scrase predicts COVID-19 to go on for another year, saying hospitals will have “Italy-like” response to the pandemic.

Lujan Grisham also threatened small businesses with a new public health order, saying, “For every single business that has somehow picked one of the public health options for an essential business and ignored the five-person gathering, that’s no longer going to be a loophole. This wasn’t intended to crest opportunities for folks to further spread COVID. So that’s going to get done immediately. It’s going to affect a whole number of businesses.” 

The Governor added, “And you know we’re doing our crackdown, and you know that we’re doing our enforcement,” adding, “More is coming because those opportunities for us to do less because we are doing more in mask-wearing, social distancing, and other public health hygiene didn’t occur.” 

.⁦@GovMLG⁩ renews threat of new lockdown since she claims her “crackdown” on small business and individuals not complying with her public health orders hasn’t been effective.

Lujan Grisham also complained about local Law Enforcers unwilling to enforce her mandates.

Dr. Scrase spoke about a “wedding” and “potluck” being a “spreader” infecting 15 people and urging support of the Governor’s lockdown. 

Although new public health orders went into effect today, the Governor’s strong stance on a potential new lockdown appears inevitable, based on her comments during the press conference, especially with her bleak outlook on the months of November and December.

Santa Fe Police Department files first criminal charges against plaza obelisk vandals

On Wednesday, the Santa Fe Police Department (SFPD) announced that they set their first slew of criminal charges against rioters who toppled the obelisk in downtown Santa Fe on October 12, 2020.

33-year-old Lily Sage Schweitzer was charged with Criminal Damage to Property (over $1,000), Conspiracy, Unlawful Assembly, Criminal Trespass, and Resisting, Evading and/or Obstructing an Officer. 

29-year-old Ryan Witt was charged with Criminal Damage to Property (over $1,000), Conspiracy, Unauthorized Graffiti (over $1,000), Unlawful Assembly, Criminal Trespass, and Resisting, Evading and/or Obstructing an Officer.

According to the SFPD release, the Department is working together with the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office, New Mexico State Police, and the District Attorney’s Office to “identify, locate, and charge the individuals involved in this case in accordance with the judicial process.”

“At this time, several other individuals have been identified and will be facing charges for their involvement in the destruction of the Obelisk. A handful of others have also been contacted for questioning regarding their participation in the incident,” writes SFPD. 

“We would like to express our gratitude to the community for all of the tips and information we’ve received thus far. Thank you to the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office and New Mexico State Police for their assistance in helping us to identify those responsible,” said Police Chief Andrew Padilla.

Previously, Padilla said during a news conference with Mayor Alan Webber, “The monument, yes, it’s historical, but it’s an object.” He appears to now be taking the rioters’ destruction of property more seriously.

2020 NM Election: GOP makes slight legislative gains, Herrell ousts Torres Small from Congress

Record turnout in the 2020 General Election garnered much attention to countless races up and down the ballot, and many wins for Republicans. 912,565 ballots were cast across New Mexico, and voter enthusiasm on both sides of the aisle was high.

In New Mexico’s congressional delegation, Yvette Herrell bested first-term Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small by 20,461 votes, winning by a margin of 53.9% to 46.1%. Torres Small voted with Nancy Pelosi 94% of the time, including to impeach President Donald Trump and to pass sweeping anti-Second Amendment gun bans. 

Herrell had the endorsement of President Donald Trump and many pro-Trump leaders, including Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, Congressman Jim Jordan (R-OH), and others. Torres Small had the support of D.C. establishment figures, Planned Parenthood, and anti-gun groups. 

Democrat Rep. Ben Ray Luján won the open U.S. Senate seat, beating Republican Mark Ronchetti by 4%. Democrat Rep. Deb Haaland won re-election in the 1st Congressional District, while Democrat Teresa Leger Fernandez won the open 3rd Congressional District seat being vacated by Luján.

In the state legislature, Republicans picked off a few seats from Democrat control, including Sen. Clemente Sanchez’s 30th Senate District seat, which he will be vacating after he lost the primary. Republican Joshua A. Sanchez won that race against far-left Democrat Pamela Cordova. 

Republican Crystal Diamond picked up Senate District 35 in the southeast part of the state, being vacated by Sen. John Arthur Smith, who also lost his primary election. Diamond ran against Naomi Martinez-Parra, a favorite of far-left Speaker Brian Egolf and Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham. 

Republican Luis Terrazas bested incumbent Democrat Rep. Rudolpho Martinez in House District 39, also in southeast New Mexico, winning 53% to 47%. 

House District 53 is still up in the air, as there is a possible recount between former Democrat Rep. Ricky Little and incumbent Rep. Willie Madrid. Little is leading by a handful of votes with 3,275 to Madrid’s 3,268.

In an open seat in House District 22, being vacated by Senator-elect Gregg Schmedes, Republican Stefani Lord beat out Jessica Velasquez in the Bernalillo-area seat. 

According to the Albuquerque Journal, Democrats picked up a net gain of one seat in the New Mexico Senate, “pushing their advantage to 27-15 — and lose three seats in the House, dropping their edge to 43-26, with one independent.” 

New Mexicans approved Constitutional Amendment 1 to give more power to the New Mexico Governor by abolishing an elected Public Regulation Commission and instead allowing the Governor to appoint a three-member panel to regulate utilities in New Mexico. The measure passed with 55% support.

Another measure, Constitutional Amendment 2 allowing the Legislature to dictate term limits on state, county, and local elected leaders also passed, giving more power to Santa Fe bureaucrats. The measure passed with 67% support. 

Although Republicans did not win the presidential race and many others down the ballots, they did make gains in the Legislature, while flipping the crucial Second Congressional District race. The newly elected legislators across New Mexico will be positioned well to fight hard against Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham and her increasing penchant to hold onto power.

Report: Herrell projected to unseat Torres Small in New Mexico’s Second Congressional District

Late Tuesday night, KOB 4 protected Republican Yvette Herrell to unseat first-term Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small in New Mexico’s Second Congressional District, returning the southern New Mexico district back to Republican control.

In 2018, news outlets projected Herrell the winner late in the night until thousands of absentee ballots mysteriously appeared in Doña Ana County, swinging the election to Torres Small.

Piñon Post has yet to project the race, although by 11:36 p.m., Herrell leads Torres Small by 54% to 46%, with Herrell at 140,808 and Torres Small at 119,784. 

Secretary of State Maggie Toulouse Oliver has stopped the counting of absentee ballots at 11:00 p.m., however, it is unclear if mysterious ballots will once again appear in the district to swing the election to Torres Small once again.

Republican Party of New Mexico offering free rides to the polls on Election Day

On Monday, New Mexico Republican Party (RPNM) Chairman Steve Pearce announced that RPNM is offering free rides to the polls on Election Day.

Rides will be offered from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. by calling 505-298-2662 to schedule a ride.

Pearce wrote on Twitter, “Do you need a ride to the polls tomorrow? We are offering FREE rides to polling locations across New Mexico on Election Day.” 

Polls are open on November 3 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and as loong as voters are in line at 7:00 p.m., they are allowed to vote no matter how long they must wait to vote. 

Piñon Post poll: Most readers voting Republican regardless of political party affiliation

Piñon Post readers come from all different backgrounds, localities, and cultures across New Mexico. What binds them together is the desire to seek truth and hold government accountable in New Mexico–a state where too often government leaders are not held responsible to the will of the people. 

Last week, the Piñon Post launched our official pre-election survey, which ran from October 29 to November 1, where a sample of 434 readers told us how they voted or how they will vote this election.

99.8% of readers will be voting in the upcoming November 3rd election, with only one reader answering that they will not be voting. This statistic shows that the readership base of the Piñon Post is very politically active and excited to make a change at the ballot box.

89.9% of readers have already cast their votes, be they by absentee ballot or through early voting, which ended on Saturday. 10.1% of readers will be waiting to cast their votes on Election Day. Some of this 10.1% figure planned to vote early, as the poll ran during early voting.

A breakdown of respondents shows that 10.6% of readers cast their votes via absentee ballot, 81.1% voted early, and 8.3% will vote on Election Day. 

Respondents were then asked which party they will be voting for, with 97% saying they will be voting Republican, 1.4% voting Democrat, .7% voting Libertarian, and .9% voting for another party. 

Of the respondents, 84.3% of readers identified themselves as registered Republicans, while 6% are Democrats, 6.5% are Declined to State, and 3.2% are Libertarian.

The massive crossover from Democrats, Declined to State, and Libertarians to the Republican Party, getting 97% support at the polls, indicates that many registered Democrats and other parties will be voting Republican this election. It is important to note that Libertarian Gary Johnson won 9.3% of the vote in New Mexico in 2016, and without a robust Libertarian candidate on the ballot, the Piñon Post reader poll suggests that voters who may have gone either for Clinton or Johnson in 2016, may switch over to Trump in 2020. 

A Piñon Post Twitter poll also shows many supporting President Donald Trump over Joe Biden in the General Election, although less scientific.

Polls will open on Tuesday, November 3 at 7:00 a.m. and close at 7:00 p.m. As long as voters are in line by, they are allowed to vote regardless of how long voters must wait outside a precinct. Voters can find their precinct, their sample ballot, and other voter resources by clicking here

ANTIFA-linked dark money group dumping cash into get-out-the-vote campaign for Torres Small

A new Federal Election Commission independent expenditure report from the far-left dark money group ProgressNow New Mexico shows the group spending nearly $20,800 on a get-out-the-vote (GOTV) campaign to help Democrat Rep. Xochitl Torres Small in New Mexico’s Second Congressional District race. 

The initial filing for $17,800 reads, “GOTV campaign – Every vote Counts Drop It Off” showing that it is “[i]n SUPPORT of Xochitl Torres Small.” Another filing reported an additional $3,000 going to the campaign. As well, the group spent $16,192 against Republican challenger Yvette Herrell on October 6, 2020. 

ProgressNow New Mexico is a dark money George Soros-funded group, that also gets funding from other dark money groups, such as America Votes. America Votes is funded by wealthy millionaire and billionaire donors, such as Michael Bloomberg, Tom Steyer, and George Soros. The group’s latest donation to ProgressNow New Mexico was $9,500 on September 27, 2020.

ProgressNow New Mexico is a radical pro-abortion group, supporting abortion up-to-birth and infanticide, calling restrictions on abortion “white supremacy.” The group also has promoted ANTIFA tweets. In July, the radical socialist group supported an Albuquerque ANTIFA group doxxing conservatives by publishing personal information about them online to target them. 

Now, ProgressNow New Mexico is backing radical liberal Xochitl Torres Small, who voted to ban handgun ownership for people under 21, impeached President Trump on two counts, refused to back a bill giving basic medical care to children born alive after failed abortions, and is a backer of New Mexico’s mini “Green New Deal.” 
Xochitl Torres Small faces Republican Yvette Herrell in the November 3, 2020, General Election, where Herrell leads Torres Small by two points in the latest liberal Albuquerque Journal poll.

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