McAdams declares victory over Love in 4th Congressional District race


MILLCREEK, Utah (ABC4 News) – Democrat Ben McAdams declared victory over Republican Mia Love in the race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District Monday evening.

McAdams said his campaign has reviewed the numbers and it is confident Congressman Mia Love will not have enough votes to overtake his lead.

McAdams was trailing Love less than an hour before this announcement at his Millcreek campaign headquarters.

Salt Lake County released its newest numbers around 6 p.m. giving him the edge by just 739 votes.  Minutes after, he announced he would be speaking to the media.

“Time to put election-year politics aside, come together to get things done in Congress for Utah families, he said in a tweet. 

He is currently holding 50.14 percent of the vote versus Love’s 49.86 percent. 

While the McAdams campaign believes he has won, Love released the following response to the latest developments in the race. 

“I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the voters, who along with our family, have been waiting for 2 weeks to get election results. Thank you for your continued participation in this process,” said Love in a statement. 

A recount would only be possible if the race is within .25 percent of the total vote. Right now that margin sits at .28.

If the current numbers hold McAdams would be the only Democrat in the Utah delegation. The Mayor notes he’s worked with Republicans in the past, and looks forward to working with the current lawmakers.

“First and foremost I’m on team Utah before anything,” said McAdams. “So I look forward to working with every member of the delegation. There are going to be things we disagree on and there are going to be things we agree on.”

The race has teeter-tottered back and forth as Salt Lake and Utah counties continued to count votes well past election night. Utah political experts said the race would be decided by thousands of provisional ballots. 

Provisional ballots include many voters who opted for same-day registration, but provisional ballots were also handed out in Utah County where lines were long

The results of the race will be officially certified Tuesday. 

Watch the entire news conference below:

This is a developing story. More information will be posted as it becomes available. 

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