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Nov 19, 2013 10:26 PM by Jennifer Horbelt

UPDATE: Early votes oppose Albuquerque abortion ban

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A first-of-its-kind proposal to ban late-term abortions in New Mexico's largest city is trailing in early returns.

Initial returns from 50,000 early and absentee ballots in Albuquerque show 56 percent of voters against the proposal, while 44 percent support a ban on abortions after 20 weeks.

More than 70,000 voters were expected to cast ballots Tuesday, and there were still lines outside some polling centers at closing time.

The first-of-its-kind municipal election is being closely watched as a possible new front in the abortion wars. Traditionally, the issue has been debated at the federal and state levels.

The vote caps an emotional and graphic campaign that drew national groups and hundreds of thousands of dollars in advertising.

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