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Owens still leads McAdams in Utah’s 4th Congressional District

Fourth Congressional District candidate Burgess Owens, who is running against Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, does an interview at a Republican election night event at the Utah Association of Realtors building in Sandy on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
Fourth Congressional District candidate Burgess Owens, who is running against Rep. Ben McAdams, D-Utah, does an interview at a Republican election night event at the Utah Association of Realtors building in Sandy on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Republican Burgess Owens’ lead over Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams grew slightly to 695 votes Monday in the latest election results released in the 4th Congressional District race as ballots continue to be counted.

Owens is now ahead of McAdams, 47.65% to 48.33%, after Salt Lake, Juab and Sanpete counties updated results from Tuesday’s largely by-mail election. The total number of ballots counted in the district that includes portions of those counties as well as Utah County now exceeds 324,000.

There are still more remaining to be tabulated in Salt Lake County, but it is not known how many are from 4th District voters.

“It’s definitely the extremely close race we always expected it to be,” Owens’ campaign spokesman, Jesse Ranney, said. “We’re thankful for everyone working tirelessly to get the final count. We’re feeling good, excited to see more ballots come in and confident when they’re all in Burgess will be representing the 4th District.”

McAdams’ campaign manager, Andrew Roberts, said, “As we’ve noted before, the vote totals continue to fluctuate. We remain confident that Ben prevails in the race to represent Utah’s 4th District. We are grateful to Utah’s election clerks for their dedication in processing Utahns’ ballots.”

The lead in the close race has shifted between McAdams, Utah’s only Democrat in Congress, and Owens, a former NFL player, author and frequent Fox News guest. McAdams won the seat in 2018, defeating two-term Republican Rep. Mia Love by less than 700 votes.

It took two weeks before that race was called, and nearly another week before Love gave a concession speech. McAdams, a former Salt Lake County mayor, ended up losing to Love in all but Salt Lake County, where most of the district’s voters live.

Monday, Juab County reported one additional vote for McAdams and 10 more for Owens; Sanpete County, seven for McAdams and 68 for Owens; and Salt Lake County, 8,478 for McAdams and 8,415 for Owens. Utah County has estimated there are only a few hundred 4th District votes to count, and will update again on Tuesday and Friday.