Democrats keep eyes on close race between Love, McAdams

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SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Democrats in Utah were excited about gaining control of the U.S. House of Representatives, but they are also celebrating some wins locally.

Early numbers indicate Democrats had a strong showing in Salt Lake County for district attorney and sheriff races.

Much of the focus Tuesday night was on Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams in his race against Rep. Mia Love for the 4th Congressional District. McAdams hopes to be the first Democrat to hold federal office from Utah in more than four years.

“During this campaign, we’ve knocked on 246,000 doors and we called 109,000 people to talk to them about the race. These are one on one conversations, personal conversations and I think that’s why it’s so close we’ve really built up that momentum by connecting and engaging with the voters,” said McAdams.

It appeared Tuesday night Democrats could also make some small gains in the state legislature as well. State Senate District 8 was won by Democrat Kathleen Riebe. State House Races 10, 32, and 44 could also flip in favor of the Dems.

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