By Associated Press - Friday, November 14, 2014

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - The State Canvassing Board is to meet later this month to approve results of the general election and order a recount in the race for state land commissioner.

It will be the first recount in a contest for a statewide office since New Mexico enacted a law in 2008 for automatic recounts when the margin between the top two candidates is less than one-half of 1 percent.

The board is scheduled to meet Nov. 25 in the governor’s cabinet room in the Capitol. The board is made up of the governor, secretary of state and chief justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

Unofficial returns in the land commissioner’s race show Republican Aubrey Dunn with about 50.1 percent of the vote, ahead of Democratic incumbent Ray Powell by 1,353 votes.

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