Richardson Predicts Obama will Carry New Mexico

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Gov. Bill Richardson is predicting that Democrat Barack Obama will narrowly carry New Mexico in the presidential election.

Richardson made the comments Wednesday after voting at the Santa Fe County courthouse. The Democratic governor said it was the first time he had voted early rather than casting his ballot on Election Day.

Richardson is urging New Mexicans to vote early to avoid potential lines at polling places next Tuesday. Early voting in person at clerk's offices and at other locations continues through Saturday.

In 2004, Republican President Bush won New Mexico by nearly 6,000 votes. In 2000, Democrat Al Gore carried the state by by 366 votes.