Election coverage: Mia Love race 12

U.S. Rep. Mia Love speaks to reporters during her election watch party at the Hilton Garden Inn on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, in Lehi.

A new batch of Salt Lake County election results released Monday evening have given the lead back to Ben McAdams, Democratic challenger to U.S. Rep. Mia Love in the 4th Congressional District race.

After Love led earlier in the day with more ballots released by Utah County, McAdams took over after a 6 p.m. release of ballots from Salt Lake County. McAdams now leads with 739 votes statewide, 50.14 percent to Love’s 49.86 percent. The difference between the two is 0.28 percent.

McAdams has maintained a lead over Love since Election Day, up until a large batch of Utah County results released Friday pushed Love ahead by 419 votes, which continued to climb with the mid-day Monday release.

According to Utah election law, the election must be within 0.25 percent for a candidate to request a recount.

The results released Monday are the vast majority of what Utah County had left to release, said Deputy Clerk Auditor Scott Hogensen.

A few more votes will be released Tuesday, though Hogensen declined to estimate how many. It will depend on how many more ballots are received via mail and how many ballots with signature issues are returned to the office “cured” before the deadline.

Salt Lake County, which makes up the majority of the 4th Congressional District, voted mostly for McAdams. The official canvass of all ballots will be held Tuesday.

Katie England covers politics, the environment and courts for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

Katie England covers politics, county government and southern Utah County for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

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