U.S. Rep. Mia Love has overtaken Democratic challenger Ben McAdams in the 4th Congressional District race by 419 votes after Utah and Salt Lake counties released more results late Friday afternoon.
Before Friday’s vote releases, McAdams led Love by 0.4 percent of the vote, or 1,002 votes. He gained some ground in Salt Lake County’s Friday release, but it wasn’t enough to make up for Love’s strong performance in Utah County, where she took 2,566 new votes to McAdams’ 978.
It was enough for her to take the lead overall in the district, with 129,006 votes (50.08 percent) to McAdams’ 128,587 votes (49.92 percent).
According to state statute, recounts can be requested by a candidate if the results are within 0.25 percent.
Utah County and Salt Lake County each have ballots to process and release. Counties will certify results Tuesday, and the state finalizes that on Nov. 26.
McAdams has led the race by an ever-decreasing margin ever since election night.
“This is just the start of Mia’s victory,” said Dave Hansen, Love’s campaign manager, in a prepared statement. “We will continue to closely monitor the election results.”
McAdams’ campaign manager, however, said the results are “unsurprising” and track the earlier vote margin for the campaign.
“Today’s Third District Court ruling denying Rep. Love’s campaign effort to stop counting votes in Salt Lake County is important news, as thousands of provisional ballots remain to be tabulated,” said Andrew Roberts, McAdams’ campaign manager, in a prepared statement. “We’re optimistic that when final numbers are reported Monday, Ben McAdams will again be winning. We’re grateful for the dedication of elections officials and employees as they complete the vital task of counting every legal vote.”
Orem’s Proposition 5, which was separated by only one vote in initial results Tuesday night, now looks to safely pass. The proposition for high-density housing to be built near Utah Valley University now leads by 1,349 votes, about a 5 percent margin.
The $69 million Provo bond to fund new police and fire facilities is only passing by 67 votes, a 0.34 percent margin.