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Final votes counted in Salt Lake, Utah counties; McAdams victory holds

Posted at 4:11 PM, Nov 20, 2018
and last updated 2018-11-20 18:12:02-05

(KSTU) -- Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams held a lead over Republican incumbent Mia Love Tuesday in the hotly contested Utah 4th Congressional District race with the release of final counts in Salt Lake and Utah counties.

McAdams led district-wide over Love with 694 votes, a .257 percent lead. To trigger a recount in Utah, a margin of .25 percent or less is needed.

McAdams declared a "victory" Monday evening following the release of new numbers from Salt Lake County, though the race had not officially been called, and Love had not conceded.

Salt Lake County released its final count Monday, and McAdams was in the lead in the county with 54.07 percent of the vote:

He stated there were “just not enough votes to make difference," and said he was confident that Love could not overtake him again.

Friday, a judge dismissed a lawsuit filed by Love, seeking to block the counting of ballots in Salt Lake County. Love requested to challenge signature verification being done on ballots by the Salt Lake County Clerk.

Utah Governor Gary Herbert tweeted congratulations to McAdams Tuesday: