Former state Sen. Jim Dabakis visits with supporters at his Salt Lake City mayoral primary election night event at Trolly Square on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

Former state Sen. Jim Dabakis visits with supporters at his Salt Lake City mayoral primary election night event at Trolly Square on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019. | Steve Griffin

SALT LAKE CITY — In an unexpected twist, Salt Lake City Councilwoman Erin Mendenhall leads former State Sen. Jim Dabakis in early primary results Tuesday night.

If results hold, Mendenhall and Dabakis will face off in this fall’s general election to succeed Jackie Biskupski as Salt Lake City mayor, according to the first batch of election night results posted after 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Mendenhall nabbed the most votes of the crowded eight-candidate field with nearly 24% of the vote. Dabakis squeezed into second place with nearly 22%, cutting the other six candidates off from advancing to this fall’s contest. But margins between Dabakis and third place’s Sen. Luz Escamilla, 21% were so narrow, more election results could tighten the race — or even give edged out candidates a fighting chance to survive the primary.

David Garbett, environmental lawyer and former Pioneer Park executive director has just over 15% of the tally in early returns, while businessman David Ibarra has nearly 9%, former Salt Lake City Councilman Stan Penfold about 7%, retired electrical engineer Rainer Huck with just over 1% and freelance journalist Richard Goldberger with 0%.

Just under 28,400 votes were tallied out of more than 94,000 registered Salt Lake City voters in the initial results.

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Former state Sen. Jim Dabakis visits with supporters at his Salt Lake City mayoral primary election night event at Trolly Square on Tuesday, Aug. 13, 2019.

More batches of results were expected to be posted in 15- to 20-minute increments throughout Tuesday evening, perhaps finalizing around 10 p.m., Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen said.

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Source:: Deseret News – Utah News

      

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