As it turned out, there were slightly more early voters in the Democratic primary this year than there were in 2010. Keep in mind, however, in 2010 in the governor's race, there was only one candidate in the Dem primary, Diane Denish and this year there are five.
This year, 39,515 Democrats voted early in New Mexico, while a total of 7,794 absentee ballots have been received so far, for a total of 47,308.
These figures are from the Secretary of State's Office.
The numbers are slightly up from 2010, when 32,247 early in-person voters in the Democratic primary, plus 12,775 Democrats who voted absentee, for a total of 45,022.
On the Republican side, 23,772 voted early, while 6,182 absentee ballots have been received so far. Gov. Susana Martinez has no primary opponent. There is a contested U.S. Senate race though with former state Republican Party Chairman Allen Weh is facing newcomer David Clements.The winner will face incumbent Democrat Tom Udall, who is unopposed in his primary race.
My Sunday story about the final days of the governor primary is HERE