Froerer Waldrip District 8 Utah House race (copy)

Republican Steve Waldrip, left, edged past Democrat Deana Froerer after additional votes in the race for the District 8 Utah House seat were counted Friday, Nov. 9, 2018. He's now on track to win the contest. Froerer led Waldrip narrowly by 25 votes after ballots were counted Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. 

OGDEN — After counting more than 3,000 additional ballots in the race for the District 8 Utah House seat, Republican Steve Waldrip has edged past Democrat Deana Froerer.

Waldrip is now on track to win the seat, according to the updated totals, released Friday by the Weber County Election Office.

“The vast, vast, vast majority of the votes in the race are counted,” said Ryan Cowley, director of the election office.

Froerer led in the race by 25 votes after counting ended Tuesday night, 4,970 votes to 4,945 votes for Waldrip, a 50.1 percent-49.9 percent margin. District 8 covers parts of Harrisville, north central Ogden, Ogden’s East Bench and the Ogden Valley.

But more than 18,000 ballots still had to be counted countywide, including more than 3,000 from District 8, and in tallying them Friday, Waldrip now has 6,636 votes, 51 percent of the total, compared to 6,374 for Froerer, 49 percent. The totals, still unofficial, become official after the Nov. 20 vote canvass.

Neither Waldrip, from Eden, nor Froerer, from Huntsville, immediately returned calls Friday seeking comment. Gage Froerer, Deana Froerer’s brother-in-law, now holds the District 8 seat, but he ran for the Weber County Commission this cycle instead, winning a seat on the county body.

Otherwise, the new ballots counted Friday, though they add to the totals in the races, don’t flip the results from Tuesday. Around 3,200 provisional ballots from around the county have yet to be counted, though the bulk of the such ballots in the District 8 contest were included in the new numbers released Friday, according to Cowley.

The new votes added Friday bring turnout in Weber County from Tuesday’s voting to 76.5 percent, 78,428 of the county’s 102,487 active voters.

Democrat LaWanna “Lou” Shurtliff remains on top in the District 10 Utah House race with the added ballots with 5,201 votes, ahead of Republican Lorraine Brown, with 4,488 votes. She’d become the first Democrat elected to a Weber County seat in the Utah House since 2008.

Republicans won in the other five Utah House seats serving Weber County, according to the unofficial totals.

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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