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Democratic challenger concedes race to GOP Rep. LaVar Christensen

FILE - Rep. LaVar Christensen speaks at a press conference at the State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 11, 2014. Democratic challenger Suzanne Harrison conceded the House District 32 race to the GOP incumbent Friday.
FILE - Rep. LaVar Christensen speaks at a press conference at the State Capitol Building in Salt Lake City on Friday, April 11, 2014. Democratic challenger Suzanne Harrison conceded the House District 32 race to the GOP incumbent Friday.
Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — After losing to Rep. LaVar Christensen by only five votes in a recount last week, Democratic challenger Suzanne Harrison conceded the House District 32 race to the GOP incumbent Friday.

Because Christensen won by less than 0.25 percent of the vote, state law allowed Harrison to challenge the recount results in court. But a statement issued by the Utah Democratic Party said she decided to waive that opportunity.

“I want to congratulate Rep. Christensen, and I wish him well as he continues to represent the people of our district in the state Legislature,” Harrison said, thanking her campaign and the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office.

"My campaign was able to observe the recount process and are satisfied with the accuracy of the results," she continued. "If we have learned anything in this election, it’s the importance of every vote."

Before last week's recount, Christensen led the race by three votes. Five ballots that were initially disqualified were added to the final results.

Harrison said she plans to continue her work to make House District 32 a "better place for all our families."

Christensen is one of the Utah House's most outspoken conservative voices. Harrison is head of the anesthesiology department at Riverton Hospital.