Under state election law, amended by the Legislature this year, candidates can file a recount request if they lose by one-fourth of 1 percent or less of the total number of votes cast in their race that's 15 votes in Christensen's case, 16 if you round up.
Elsewhere in Salt Lake County, official results for the South Salt Lake mayor's race show former City Councilman Shane Siwik still hot on the heels of first-time candidate Derk Pehrson, the No. 2 vote-getter behind incumbent Mayor Cherie Wood.The final tally of the Aug. 13 primary results shows Wood with 702 votes, Pehrson with 257 and Siwik with 255. A total of 1,512 votes were cast for the city's six mayoral candidates.
With the vote so close, Siwik has three days under state law to request a recount. Reached Tuesday night, Siwik said he wanted to sleep on it, talk to his family and would decide by noon Wednesday whether to pursue the recount.
"I feel honored to have run a race that tight with two other good men in this community," Siwik said, referring to Pehrson and Nick Gosdis, who came in a close fourth with 240 votes.
The Salt Lake County Clerk's Office, which handled the election for the 13 cities in the county that held primaries, sent out its final vote counts to the municipalities on Tuesday. The city councils, sitting as their municipalities' Board of Canvassers, met Tuesday night to certify the results.
The nonpartisan primary narrowed the candidate fields for mayoral and city council seats to two in each race. Those finalists are facing off in the Nov. 5 general election.
Three of Salt Lake County's 16 cities did not have primaries because just one or two candidates filed to run for each of the open seats.
To view the official vote tallies from the Aug. 13 municipal primary elections, visit http://bit.ly/RbPsO