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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – As the race in Utah’s 4th Congressional District remains too close to call, all eyes are turning to thousands of provisional ballots.

The race between Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams and incumbent Mia Love just keeps going.

Senators Todd Weiler and Jim Dabakis say it will come down to the provisional ballots.

“These people who maybe have never voted before, or just moved in, they registered and voted the same day. It’s very exciting because they will decide who’s going to be the next congressperson from the 4th District,” said Dabakis, (D) Salt Lake City.

Weiler estimates there are about 34,000 provisional ballots between Salt Lake and Utah Counties.

That includes voters who opted for same-day registration and those who had issues with their registration.

But also, in Utah County, they started handing them out because lines were too long.

Weiler says about 12,300 of those are in the 4th District, 9,000 from Salt Lake County and 3,300 from Utah County.

When breaking these votes down there are some unknowns.

“Those people might have voted for or against Prop 2 and voted for nothing else. We know that over 40,000 people did that on Election Day,” said Weiler, (R) Woods Cross.

Weiler says all the late momentum is swinging toward Love and he doesn’t see that changing when the provisionals are released.

“She’s never lead, but I think by Monday you are going to see Mia ahead and Ben trying to catch up,” Weiler said.

Dabakis says conventional wisdom shows otherwise. He’s expecting McAdams to hold on.

“All fired up about Prop 2, which is medical cannabis, it’s the newbie, it’s the young people. And, guess what? Those people swing way toward Ben,” Dabakis said.

County clerks are required to have all the votes counted by Tuesday.

It’s still possible this race could be headed for a recount.

To monitor election results click here.

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