SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – The candidates in Utah’s 4th Congressional District have been on edge, waiting as the race went back and forth for two weeks.
It all came down to the provisional ballots. They swung just enough for Democratic challenger Ben McAdams to claim victory.
Going into Election Day, polls had the race between McAdams and incumbent Mia Love as a toss-up, and that’s exactly how it played out over the last two weeks.
After some dramatic twists and turns, it came down to the final ballots.
“This is a race that was tight from the very beginning, but what we really didn’t know was how it would break for the people that showed up to vote and register on the same day. It all came down to those people,” said Hinckley Institute director Jason Perry.
Now, we know those voters went for McAdams and helped him regain the lead.
Perry says those voters, above all, were motivated by Proposition 2.
“The majority of voters that showed up on voting day, registered to vote and cast a ballot, were really going for medical marijuana. And, Ben McAdams picked up a lot of those voters,” Perry said.
Perry says Mitt Romney and President Trump also motivated voters who turned out in record numbers for this midterm.
McAdams says he’s ready to move forward.
“I’m honored in the trust that the voters in Utah’s 4th Congressional District have placed in me, and I look forward to getting to work serving them in Washington,” McAdams said as he addressed the media Monday night.
In a district that resembles this race.
“This is not an easy district, and what this race shows is it is not safe for any candidate,” said Perry.
Representative Mia Love has not conceded the race.