The Blue Wave has taken another seat in the House of Representatives. Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams raised his arm in victory in the 4th District. Of course, his Republican opponent, Representative Mia Love (R-UT), has not conceded. Beyond that, McAdams comes in with another problem.
McAdams has a 739-vote lead, that leaves the candidate holding now a 50.14 percent to Love’s 49.86 percent margin. The Democrat claimed that even this miniscule lead was insurmountable for his opponent, given how few ballots remained to be counted. The Democrats had not spoken with Love before he declared his victory.
Generally, candidates wait for the other to concede first. McAdams held a news conference where he said, The Salt Lake City Tribune reported:
‘What we are hearing from election officials is there are just not enough votes outstanding to make a difference either way. I am eager to get to work to represent Utah’s 4th District.’
Love has not conceded the election after two weeks of ballot counting. One of her biggest complaints against McAdams was that he did not live in the 4th District. However, he lives just adjacent to it.
Although the Republican candidate was not available for an interview, because had already she left town for Thanksgiving, Love issued a written statement:
‘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.’
McAdams had not spoken with Love before he declared his victory. Generally, candidates wait for the other to concede first. He countered with this explanation that he wanted to “begin immediately:”
‘Traditionally, we don’t wait for two weeks after the election to get results. My priorities are to begin immediately reaching out to the Republicans, independents and Democrats in this district, to reach out and address the tough challenges we face as a state and a country.’
While attending freshmen activities in Washington, McAdams signed a letter that pledged his vote against former House Leader and current Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for the job once again of House speaker in January. He ran on this issue throughout his campaign and planned to oppose her when the Democrats take the House in January. McAdams said:
‘It is time for new leadership in Washington. It is time for a new era in Washington.’
The Democrat intends to start off fast and:
‘…hold a town hall meeting to listen to the voters to allow them to tell me their priorities. It has been a roller-coaster ride, especially with the attack ads that you saw from the Love campaign distorting my record.’
According to Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen and Chief Deputy Utah County Clerk Auditor Scott Hogensen, their respective counties have counted all the votes. The exception has been a few mail-in ballots without signatures or where the signatures did not match what was shown on file.
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