Madrid throws in the towl

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Heath Haussamen has the goods:

Democrat Patricia Madrid conceded the 1st Congressional District race to Republican Heather Wilson this morning.

However, according to the Albuquerque Journal, the state Democratic Party might ask for a partial recount.

Madrid, according to the newspaper, decided against a recount because she did not believe it would change the outcome. Party Chair John Wertheim said he may ask for a hand tally of 2 percent of ballots to test the accuracy of the machines that count votes under the new paper ballot system.

Madrid, 60, leaves office as the state’s attorney general at the end of the year, but there is speculation that she could make a run for U.S. Senate in 2008 or governor in 2010.