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A second batch of primary election results did not make a difference in Utah County’s local races, as all three leaders in the county races kept the big leads they established Tuesday night.

After results for more than 55,000 Utah County ballots were released Tuesday, 10,000 additional votes were released Thursday, including provisional ballots, ballots dropped off at vote centers Tuesday and any ballots received in the mail after Tuesday.

That puts voter turnout at just under 35 percent, with Utah County Clerk Bryan Thompson estimating a final turnout of about 37 percent.

Percentages in Utah County’s races did not change significantly with the new results, with Tanner Ainge maintaining his large lead over Tom Sakievich for Utah County Commission Seat A. Ainge dropped about a percent point with the influx of new results, and has just under 69 percent of the vote to Sakievich’s 31.

Mike Smith also maintained his large lead in the Utah County Sheriff’s race over retired U.S. Marshall Jim Phelps, dropping only a fraction of a percentage point with the new results. Smith currently has just over 61 percent of the vote to Phelps’ nearly 39.

Percentages were maintained in the Utah County Attorney’s race, with leader David Leavitt having just over 58 percent of the total vote to Chad Grunander’s just under 42.

Results will continue to be released in batches through next week, and election results aren’t final until the canvass on July 10.

Election results can be found at, and

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

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

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