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Robinson, Harte maintain lead in Summit County Council race

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Canice Harte (left) and Chris Robinson.

The election for both seats appears to have fallen along party lines.

UPDATED at 4:50 p.m. Wednesday:

Incumbent Summit County Council Chair Chris Robinson leads his challenger Holly McClure by 2,926 votes, a 58% - 42% split.

The race between Canice Harte and John "Jack" Murphy was very similar, at a 57% - 43% split in favor of Harte. Harte leads by 2,608 votes according to preliminary results released early Wednesday morning.

Harte is a former Snyderville Basin Planning Commissioner that ran unsuccessfully against current councilmember Malena Stevens in 2020.

Harte and Murphy are both vying for the seat that will be left by current councilmember Glenn Wright. Wright lost Tuesday in his election against Rep. John Curtis for U.S. House District 3.

McClure and Murphy, both Republicans, campaigned together and focused on issues that many residents have voiced concern over, such as property taxes and overdevelopment. Robinson and Harte are both Democrats.

Hundreds of ballots remain uncounted according to the clerk's processing report.

Clerk Eve Furse said the current results don't include any in-person votes. They will be reported tomorrow, and she expects to add roughly 1,100 votes. Furse also said there are around 500 ballots with signatures that need verification before they can be counted. Additionally there are 208 provisional ballots.

Results are not official until the canvass on November 22.

Voter turnout in the county was a little over 65%.

Corrected: November 9, 2022 at 1:37 PM MST
A previous version of this article stated that 671 ballots remain uncounted. The clerk's processing report was out of date, and the actual number is much higher.
Parker Malatesta covers Park City for KPCW. Before coming to NPR, he spent one year as a general assignment reporter for TownLift in Park City. He previously was the news editor at The News Record, the student paper at the University of Cincinnati. He loves running, reading, and urban planning.