- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 4, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - 4:45 p.m.

Election officials say they still don’t know how many uncounted ballots remain in the undecided Salt Lake City mayor’s race.

Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen said late Wednesday afternoon there are nearly 24,000 uncounted ballots county wide. But her staff didn’t have enough time to determine how many of those voted in the mayor’s race.

Results released late Tuesday show former state lawmaker Jackie Biskupski is leading incumbent Ralph Becker by 1,450 votes. She would become Salt Lake City’s first openly gay mayor.

Biskupski is confident she’ll prevail no matter how many uncounted ballots.

Becker is not conceding though. His camp is holding out hope that he can make up the deficit among the uncounted ballots.

By state law, no more results will be released until the final canvass on Nov. 17.


4:10 p.m.

Voters in 10 Utah counties appear to have approved a proposed sales tax increase to pay for transportation projects.

Unofficial election results from Tuesday’s election show the .25 percent tax increase leading in 10 of 17 counties that put the measure on the ballot.

The tax hike is winning in Carbon, Davis, Duchesne, Grand, Rich, San Juan, Sanpete, Sevier, Tooele and Weber Counties.

Voters in Beaver, Box Elder, Juab, Morgan, Utah and Uintah Counties appear to have voted the proposal down.

The vote in Salt Lake County is too close to call.

The measure was trailing with 51 percent of Salt Lake County voting against to 49 percent voting in support. But the 2,642 vote difference could be erased as county officials still need to count more than 10,000 ballots.

Final results will be released on Nov. 17.


3:50 p.m.

A city council candidate hoping to become Utah’s first openly transgender elected official has conceded the race in suburban Salt Lake City.

Tuesday’s unofficial election results show 50-year-old Sophia Hawes-Tingey took 42 percent of the votes her bid for Midvale’s 2nd District. Hawes-Tingey says that while there are still uncounted ballots, there aren’t enough to give her a win.

She was defeated by incumbent Paul Glover, who won 58 percent of the vote. Hawes-Tingey is a software engineer and U.S. Navy veteran. Glover owns a truck accessory business and garden center in Midvale.

Hawes-Tingey says she’s applying for a spot on Midvale’s planning commission and got positive feedback from voters during her campaign.

The city of 32,000 is about 10 miles south of Utah’s capital.


12:05 p.m.

One of the Utah residents who successfully sued to overturn the state’s same-sex marriage ban has declared victory in his Salt Lake City Council race.

Tuesday’s unofficial election results show Derek Kitchen with 52 percent of the vote in District 4, which includes the city’s central and downtown areas.

His opponent, community activist Nate Salazar, told the Associated Press on Wednesday that doesn’t think the results will change when final numbers are released on Nov. 17.

Kitchen says he ran to advocate for small businesses and address issues of affordable housing and homelessness.

The 27-year-old owns Laziz Foods, which sells hummus and other Moroccan spreads.

In December 2013, federal Judge Robert Shelby ruled in favor of Kitchen, his partner and two other lesbian couples suing for the right to wed.


11:55 a.m.

Former state lawmaker Jackie Biskupski’s campaign staff remains confident she will win a tight election to become Salt Lake City’s first openly gay mayor, but challenger Ralph Becker isn’t conceding yet.

Biskupski is leading incumbent Ralph Becker by 1,450 votes.

But Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen has said at least 10,000 ballots county-wide would need to be counted in the coming days. She says she should know how many are outstanding in the mayoral race by Wednesday afternoon.

Biskupski spokeswoman Maryann Martindale said Wednesday that they’ve analyzed the results and don’t foresee any scenario where Becker can make up the deficit.

Becker spokesman Matt Lyon said they understand there’s a lot of ground to make up, but it’s still possible.

By state law, no more results will be released until the final canvass on Nov. 17.

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