Democrat Declares Victory Against Prominent Republican- She Comes Back and Stuns With Major Upset

The Salt Lake Tribune:  Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams declared victory Monday in his race against GOP Rep. Mia Love — after he gained a 739-vote lead in ballot updates from Utah and Salt Lake counties.

Love did not yet concede, and a few votes still remain uncounted in the two big counties before their vote canvasses Tuesday formally conclude two weeks of tallying ballots.

But McAdams said even his small lead is insurmountable with the few ballots remaining to be counted.

“What we are hearing from election officials is there are just not enough votes outstanding to make a difference either way,” he said at a news conference surrounded by his family. “I am eager to get to work to represent Utah’s 4th District.”

Meanwhile, Love issued a written statement that did not concede, and suggested she will wait for the canvass Tuesday. “I would like to express my sincere appreciation to the voters, who along with our family, have been waiting for two weeks to get election results. Thank you for your continued participation in this process,” she wrote.

McAdams now is ahead by a 50.14 percent to 49.86 percent margin.

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