Election coverage: Mia Love race 05

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

Utah County released about 17,000 more votes Friday morning — the first released in the county since election night.

It has created a larger spread on a couple of big issues, like the Provo police and fire bond and Orem’s Proposition 5 to zone a property for high-density housing. The high-profile 4th Congressional District race has maintained approximately the same margin, though U.S. Rep. Mia Love made up some ground on Ben McAdams, who still leads the race by 2.32 percent after both Utah and Salt Lake counties released more election results Friday.

Though Love continues to do well in Utah County, garnering about 74 percent of the vote, it only slightly lowered the overall percentage of her Democratic opponent, Ben McAdams, whose lead shrunk from 3.54 percentage points to 2.86 when Utah County put out its results Friday morning.

Love gained another fraction of a percent on McAdams by outperforming him in the latest batch of results from Salt Lake County, released at 3 p.m.

Love has garnered the majority of the vote in conservative Utah, Sanpete and Juab counties, while up until this release McAdams has led her by a consistent 10 percentage points in Salt Lake County, which makes up the majority of the district’s population.

After Utah, Salt Lake and Juab counties released results, McAdams is leading with 51.16 percent of the vote to Love’s 48.84 percent, a difference of 4,906 votes and 2.32 percentage points.

Orem’s controversial Proposition 5, which would create a zone for high-density housing near Utah Valley University, has considerably widened its margin of victory from Tuesday night. The proposition now has 217 more votes in favor of it than against, as opposed to the one-vote spread Tuesday night.

With the new release of votes, the $69 million Provo bond to fund new fire and police stations and a city center now has 54 more votes against it than in favor. On Tuesday night, it had 51 more votes against than in favor.

Utah County has now processed and released 103,879 ballots.

Before this release, the county had 89,000 ballots to process, meaning there are still approximately 72,000 ballots for the county to process and release. The next scheduled release date is Tuesday, said Scott Hogensen, Utah County’s chief deputy clerk.

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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