But, with thousands of provisional and absentee ballots still to be counted, a winner has yet to be declared. Local election officials won’t have a final tally until Nov. 20 but have said they doubt the extra ballots will change the outcome because many are from Salt Lake County, where she did not do strongly.
Utah Republican Party political director Ivan DuBois declined to say if Love was still hopeful, saying: ‘‘We want to make sure every vote is counted.’’
In Arizona, Democratic Rep. Ron Barber of Arizona, who replaced Rep. Gabrielle Giffords after a gunman shot her in the head nearly two years ago, trailed Republican Martha McSally, a former Air Force combat pilot in Iraq, by 426 votes in the Tucson area.
And Democrat Kyrsten Sinema led Republican Vernon Parker by 2,715 votes in a new seat east of Phoenix.
It could take several days for final vote counts in both districts. According to estimates, up to 50,000 ballots must be counted in the Sinema-Parker race, and perhaps half that many in the Barber-McSally contest. Recounts are possible in both.
A North Carolina race so far has Democratic Rep. Mike McIntyre 533 votes ahead of GOP rival David Rouzer, a state senator. It will likely take officials until later this month to tally remaining provisional and mail-in ballots, said Gary Bartlett, executive director of the state’s Board of Elections.
The margin is close enough to trigger a recount, which must be requested by the losing candidate.
Fram reported from Washington. Associated Press writer Shannon Dininny in Salt Lake City also contributed to this report.