Republican primary in Utah US House race drops into recount zone, threatening Trump-backed incumbent

SALT LAKE CITY — The Republican primary race to represent Utah’s 2nd District in Congress narrowed into recount territory on Tuesday after dueling endorsements from influential Republicans created a conundrum for voters who had little time to get to know the incumbent before casting ballots.

The Associated Press declared the race between U.S. Rep. Celeste Maloy and challenger Colby Jenkins too close to call after nearly all counties in the district certified results on Tuesday.

Maloy, who is seeking her first full term in Congress after winning a special election last fall, had a lead of about 220 votes over Jenkins. That margin of 0.2 percentage points put the race within the recount zone, which in Utah is when the difference in votes for each candidate is equal to or less than 0.25% of the total number of votes cast.

“I know we’re in potential recount territory, but I don’t anticipate that a recount will change the outcome,” said Maloy, who addressed reporters on Zoom from Washington, D.C. “I have confidence in the county clerks and their teams and the way they’ve done their jobs.”

Maloy has tried to leverage a late endorsement from former President Donald Trump to undercut the conservative credentials of

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