Leading in the race for the Democratic nomination in the 1st District U.S. House contest, Darren Parry felt pretty good on Wednesday.

“I’m still cautiously optimistic,” he said by phone.

With more ballots to be counted, though, he wasn’t yet calling himself the victor, and his opponent, Jamie Cheek, still held out hope. “Nobody’s called it yet, so we’re still excited,” she said.

As of Wednesday, Parry, from Providence, had garnered 9,161 votes, 52.6% of the total in the primary battle, to 8,253 votes, or 47.4%, for Cheek, who’s from Ogden. More ballots have yet to be counted, though, and Cheek was crossing her fingers that they could turn the tide. Parry, meantime, was getting a bit antsy.

“I feel OK. I just wish the process was quicker,” he said.

U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop, a Republican from Brigham City, now holds the 1st District U.S. House seat. But he opted out of seeking a 10th term and it set up an intense battle for the post. Parry, a leader in the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, has staked out a more moderate position in the Democratic race while Cheek, who works for the Utah Office of State Rehabilitation, positioned herself as more progressive.

The Democratic and Republican winners from the primary voting will face off in the general election on Nov. 3 for the seat, which leans Republican and serves Weber County, northern Davis County and eight other northern and northeastern Utah counties.

On the GOP side, Blake Moore and Bob Stevenson were running neck and neck for the Republican Party nomination in the U.S. House contest. According to the incomplete vote tallies as of Wednesday, Moore had a slight lead with 28,437 votes, or 30.3% of the total, to 27,626 for Stevenson, 29.4% of the total.

Trailing in third on the GOP side was Kerry Gibson, a former Weber County commissioner, with 22,161 votes, 23.6% of the total, followed by Kaysville Mayor Katie Witt with 15,796 votes, 16.8%.

Contact reporter Tim Vandenack at tvandenack@standard.net, follow him on Twitter at @timvandenack or like him on Facebook at Facebook.com/timvandenackreporter.

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