It’s official! McAdams defeats Love by 694 votes; Prop. 4 hangs on

Democrat Ben McAdams ousted Republican Mia Love by 694 votes after the final count on Tuesday.

McAdams declared victory on Monday night after he took a 739 vote lead. Utah and Salt Lake County added a few more votes to the total on Tuesday afternoon, but it wasn’t enough to send Love back to Washington for a 3rd term.

Love’s loss in the 4th District marks the 39th GOP-controlled seat that Democrats flipped during the 2018 midterms.

McAdams’ margin of victory was 0.26%. State law allows for a recount if the margin is within 0.25%.

This is the closest congressional race in Utah in recent memory. In 2002, Democrat Jim Matheson defeated Republican John Swallow by 1,600 votes. The 2012 race between Matheson and Love was decided by just 768 votes.

Love has now lost twice with Mitt Romney at the top of the ballot for Republicans, both by less than 800 votes.

Prop. 4 also held on to win approval by just over 6,900 votes.