Love-McAdams race remains close as ballot count continues


SALT LAKE COUNTY (ABC4 News) – Utah anxiously awaits the outcome of the close race for the state’s 4th Congressional District.

More ballots have been counted and Congresswoman Mia Love has made slight gains, but Mayor Ben McAdams still in the lead.

McAdams was up by more than 5,200 votes but that’s now down around 4,900 after new totals came in from Juan County.

There are still tens of thousands of ballots to count in Salt Lake and Utah counties, so this race is far from over. With this race still at razors thin margins no one is declaring victory.

Experts say McAdams is better off in the lead, but Love has been getting a larger percentage of the votes in Utah County. They say she will need about 49 percent of the remaining vote in Salt Lake County to win.

Some have been frustrated by the slow release of numbers especially those coming out of Utah County, but elections officials said this is a new normal for mail-in elections.

 “Again, it does take some time to process the provisional ballot and the by mail ballots. I think people are waiting for them to process them a little more quickly. But under the law they are processing them in the time that they have,” said Justin Lee, Director of Elections.

Utah has seen record turnout in this midterm election. The Lieutenant Governor’s Office expects turnout will exceed 60 percent by the time all the ballots are counted. 

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