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Time may be running out for Rep. Mel Brown.

Challenger Logan Wilde, a member of the Morgan County Council, continues to cling to a slim 10-vote lead in the final update of voting numbers.

It's unclear whether there are enough votes left to swing the race back in favor of Brown, a 12-term incumbent and former House speaker, and the candidates won't find out for two weeks.

The two are vying for the House District 53 seat, covering Daggett, Duchesne, Morgan, Rich and Summit counties.

The race has been characterized by a razor-thin margin since voters went to the polls on June 28. As of Tuesday, Wilde held a 16-vote lead; he led by 11 after the first update to the vote totals on July 2.

But there likely are few votes remaining to be added to the totals, and the figures won't be updated until the counties hold their final election canvass on July 19, according to Mark Thomas, state elections director.

There is a good possibility that there will be an automatic recount in the race. Under Utah law, a recount is required if the winner prevails by less than a quarter of a percent. Wilde is up by 0.2 percent, which would fall into the recount threshold.

— Robert Gehrke