Kristin Murphy, Deseret News

Two Republican legislators, one Salt Lake County Council challenger take leads as more votes are tallied

SALT LAKE CITY — It was a good week for Republicans — and a tough one for Democrats — in Utah’s most populous county.

Two GOP legislators and one Republican challenger for Salt Lake County Council who were lagging behind their Democratic opponents in election night vote tallies are now making comebacks.

Salt Lake County Shireen Ghorbani lost her election night lead on Friday after the county posted more vote tallies. The race flipped, putting Republican challenger Laurie Stringham ahead of Ghorbani by 1,047 votes.

It’s a stunning turnaround for Stringham, who trailed Ghorbani on election night, 53% to 46% of the vote. But Stringham’s lead Friday was slim, with 254,487 votes (50.1%) to Ghorbani’s 253,440 votes (49.9%).

If Stringham keeps her lead, she’ll add another Republican to the already GOP majority on the Salt Lake County Council.

In the Utah Legislature, Rep. Steve Eliason, R-Sandy, has also gained enough votes in Salt Lake County vote tallies this week to flip his race, now narrowly leading Democrat Wendy Davis in House District 45.

And so did Rep. Jim Dunnigan, R-Taylorsville, …read more


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