- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 12, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Mayor Ralph Becker and former state lawmaker Jackie Biskupski are the top vote getters in Salt Lake City’s mayoral primary and will face off in the general election, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

The newspaper says (https://bit.ly/1J3gYou ) that the two easily outpolled three rivals in Tuesday’s voting.

With some 28,000 votes counted in the unofficial returns by 9:30 p.m., the final tally for the night, Biskupski had captured 46 percent to Becker’s 31 percent.

The paper reported that City Councilman Luke Garrott had 13 percent, community activist George Chapman had 6 percent, and businessman Dave Robinson had 4 percent.

Tuesday’s voting for the city’s new vote-by-mail primary narrowed the field from five down to two candidates to face off Nov. 3.



Mail-in elections are becoming increasingly popular in Utah. Proponents say they increase turnout and give people more time to study the ballot.

Becker is vying for a third term at the head of Utah’s capital city.

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