Owens & McAdams In Close Race For 4th Congressional District

Nov 4, 2020, 7:30 AM | Updated: Nov 6, 2020, 4:19 pm

After a 3 p.m. update from Utah County on Friday, Republican challenger Burgess Owens has received 132,656 votes to Democrat Ben McAdams’ 130,369 votes in the race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District, for a difference of 2,287 votes (0.83%).

Updates can be found here.

THURSDAY: After a 6 p.m. update from Utah County, Republican challenger Burgess Owens has received 132,647 votes to Democrat Ben McAdams’ 130,363 votes in the race for Utah’s 4th Congressional District.

Salt Lake County released results from 34,568 ballots on Thursday.

Utah County said they planned on releasing 30,000 ballots Thursday, and 20,000 were released at 3 p.m. Another 14,000 were released around 6 p.m.

Utah County Clerk/Auditor Amelia Powers Gardner said her office has almost finished processing ballots that affect this race.

Approximately 165,000 ballots remained to be counted in Salt Lake County as of Thursday night, but those ballots will be split among the races for Utah’s 2nd, 3rd and 4th congressional districts.

The 4th district represents parts of Juab, Salt Lake, Sanpete and Utah counties.

The 2018 race between McAdams and Mia Love was decided by approximately 700 votes.

“This has been and continues to be a close race,” said Andrew Roberts, McAdams campaign manager. “We’ve seen these numbers go back and forth before, as additional votes are tallied. We appreciate the careful and thorough job performed by Utah’s election clerks and we remain confident that Ben will ultimately prevail.”

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The congressional race for a suburban Salt Lake City House district was too close to call Wednesday night, with many votes still uncounted.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Ben McAdams has been running at a dead heat against Republican Burgess Owens, a former NFL football player and frequent Fox News guest.

Nearly $19 million has been poured into the race in the district where registered Republicans outnumber Democrats nearly three to one.

It could take days to declare a winner since Utah’s system of primarily by-mail balloting generally takes longer to count due to additional verification steps.

The McAdams camp told KSL-TV they were feeling good Tuesday night.

As of Wednesday night, McAdams was ahead 116,692 to 114,040 over Owens — a lead of 1.1%.

This is nothing new for McAdams, whose race against Mia Love in 2018 came down to a 700-vote difference and wasn’t determined for a couple of weeks.

Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics, said this race is interesting because it includes four counties and each county is politically very different.

McAdams does well in Salt Lake County and, up to this point, has received 54% of the vote in Salt Lake. Meanwhile, Burgess does better in Utah County, where McAdams is getting less than a third of those voters. Right now there are roughly 200,000 ballots in Salt Lake County that have not been counted. In Utah County, that number is just over 80,000.

This has been a very heated race, with attack ads on TV around the clock.

Millions of dollars have been spent, but McAdams believed people looked to him not as a Democrat, but as a congressman who watches out for Utahns.

“Despite the negative TV ads, they know that I am an independent. I work to put Utah first and put people ahead of party, and I’ll work with people on both sides of the isle to bring people together to find solutions,” McAdams said. “People know me. My reputation is the unifier who puts party aside and tries to bring people together.”

There was a lot of excitement after the initial returns were processed.

“We feel good. We’re feeling really optimistic right now. There’s still a lot of votes to count, so the night is young. A lot of votes are still coming in, but at this point we’re feeling good and we like where the numbers are,” McAdams told KSL TV.

They knew it was going to be a very tight race from the beginning. McAdams has been in close races before. Just two years ago against Mia Love he won by just 694 votes.

“I’ve worked hard over the last couple years to show people that I’m somebody who will put Utah first and people ahead of party,” he said. “I think there are good ideas on both sides of the aisle. We’ve just got to work together to get through hardship, and I think people are seeing that.”

The Burgess Owens camp was also feeling optimistic at the Republican headquarters in Sandy, where they spent Election Night.

Owens spoke to KSL-TV before 10 p.m. about the early returns. He said he was still very optimistic about the results because of lot of his support came from Utah County and there were still a lot of ballots there to be counted.

“I’m very excited about (my chances). You know, one thing that I found this last year is that I was one of those guys who said I’m never going to be a politician,” Owens said. “It was one of the greatest years I’ve spent.”

Owens said that campaigning over the last year has helped him to know even more about Utahns and their values.

“We have to wait and see how the southern part of my district works out. I think it’s going to be in my favor, and if it is, I look forward to serving Utah. I just can’t wait to make it happen,” he said.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

KSL 5 TV Live

Local News

Follow @KSL5TVLike us on Facebook...

Andrew Adams

Cameras capture man trying to break into Saratoga Springs home, trailer

A homeowner on Tuesday was hoping to identify the stranger who spent roughly 30 minutes on his property overnight Sunday and tried to enter his home multiple times before entering his trailer.

14 minutes ago

Alta resort...

Eliza Pace

Utah’s ski industry contributed $1.94 billion in nonresident visitor spending during the 2022/23 season

Out of state visitors spent a record of $1.94 billion at Utah ski areas during the 2022/2023 ski season, according to data from the Kem C. Gardner Policy Institute. 

58 minutes ago

(KSL TV)...

Casey Scott

Casey Scott gives away gas cards and Olympic swag 100 days before Paris Games

We're now less than 100 days away from the 2024 Paris Olympics, so Casey Scott also had some Olympic swag to give away!

1 hour ago

(Brian Champagne, KSL TV)...

Josh Ellis

Rap artist NBA YoungBoy arrested in Utah on various drug, weapons charges

Rap artist NBA YoungBoy was arrested in northern Utah for investigation of multiple drug and weapons charges.

2 hours ago

IOC excludes Russian and Belarusian athletes from Paris 2024 Olympics opening ceremonies....

Matt Gephardt

Get Gephardt: How to stay ahead of the 2024 Olympics scams

As Utahns know firsthand from 2002, the Olympics can be a bit chaotic with millions in an unfamiliar place. The situation is sure to entice opportunistic con men with Olympic scams.

14 hours ago

overview of Moab, a city nestled in red rock...

Daniel Woodruff

New Moab development aims to put dent in workforce housing crisis

When we talk about Utah’s housing crisis, one of the most extreme examples is Moab. Housing there is scarce and expensive, especially for the workers who keep the tourist town running.

15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

Women hold card for scanning key card to access Photocopier Security system concept...

Les Olson

Why Printer Security Should Be Top of Mind for Your Business

Connected printers have vulnerable endpoints that are an easy target for cyber thieves. Protect your business with these tips.

Modern chandelier hanging from a white slanted ceiling with windows in the backgruond...

Lighting Design

Light Up Your Home With These Top Lighting Trends for 2024

Check out the latest lighting design trends for 2024 and tips on how you can incorporate them into your home.

Technician woman fixing hardware of desktop computer. Close up....

PC Laptops

Tips for Hassle-Free Computer Repairs

Experiencing a glitch in your computer can be frustrating, but with these tips you can have your computer repaired without the stress.

Close up of finger on keyboard button with number 11 logo...

PC Laptops

7 Reasons Why You Should Upgrade Your Laptop to Windows 11

Explore the benefits of upgrading to Windows 11 for a smoother, more secure, and feature-packed computing experience.

Stylish room interior with beautiful Christmas tree and decorative fireplace...

Lighting Design

Create a Festive Home with Our Easy-to-Follow Holiday Prep Guide

Get ready for festive celebrations! Discover expert tips to prepare your home for the holidays, creating a warm and welcoming atmosphere for unforgettable moments.

Battery low message on mobile device screen. Internet and technology concept...

PC Laptops

9 Tips to Get More Power Out of Your Laptop Battery

Get more power out of your laptop battery and help it last longer by implementing some of these tips from our guide.

Owens & McAdams In Close Race For 4th Congressional District