Ben McAdams retakes lead over Owens in Utah's 4th Congressional District race

Posted at 6:34 AM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-07 00:26:49-05

SALT LAKE CITY — In a back-and-forth race, incumbent Democratic Representative Ben McAdams retook the lead Friday over Republican challenger Burgess Owens in Utah's 4th Congressional District race.

However, the race is still too close to call as ballots are still left to be counted.

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With 81 percent of precincts reporting, McAdams is up by 405 votes with 138,747 votes, or 47.6 percent. Owens has 47.46 percent of the vote with 138,342 votes.

A final margin of victory of a quarter of a percent or less, would trigger a recount.

“Again, we’re seeing numbers go back and forth as additional votes are tallied. We remain confident that Ben will be re-elected. We are grateful to Utah’s election clerks for their deliberate, thorough work on behalf of Utah voters and candidates," said McAdams campaign manager Andrew Roberts.

Political analysts say this race is shaping up much like 2018, when McAdams unseated Mia Love by about 700 votes.

It was expected to be a close race. Updated numbers are expected out Friday afternoon, but it could still be days or weeks before a clear winner emerges.