McAdams got 50,702 more votes than Barack Obama did in Salt Lake County. Those extra voters were likely Mitt Romney voters who crossed over to vote for McAdams.
McAdams actively targeted those cross-over voters in his campaign against Mark Crockett. He says he’s not surprised that his message was able to attract them in such high numbers.
“My message of working across party lines resonated. They wanted a leader who can bring us together and work with both sides. That’s why they came over to my side.”
McAdams ended up winning his seat by about 30,000 votes. He says even he was a little taken aback by the final margin of victory.
“Our internal polling showed us with a 5-point lead. We did see undecided voters start to break toward us by about a 2-1 margin in the closing days of the campaign.”