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.

In a close race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District, Democrat Ben McAdams’ lead over incumbent Republican Mia Love has shrunk to less than one percent after Utah and Salt Lake counties released thousands more ballots Tuesday.

McAdams now leads Love by 1,357 votes, or .6 percent of the total vote, at 50.3 percent to Love’s 49.7 percent. Approximately 20,000 to 27,000 ballots are left to process in Utah County. Only a fraction, approximately one out of seven, of those unprocessed ballots are likely in the 4th District.

Salt Lake County also released ballots Tuesday, nearly 10,000 of which are in the Fourth District. While Love has maintained 74 percent of the votes in Utah County, McAdams has led her by about 3.4 percent in the latest release in Salt Lake County, where he currently serves as county mayor.

Candidates can only file for a recount if the margin is within .25 percent, according to Utah election law.

Orem’s Proposition 5, which would rezone property near Utah Valley University for high-density housing, is now winning by 1,213 votes, after having only a 217-vote spread when results were last released Friday.

The $69 million Provo bond to fund new fire and police stations is now passing by only 34 votes, an even narrower margin than the 54 votes that separated the votes Friday.

The next round of Utah County results are scheduled to be released by 3 p.m. Friday.

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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