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Clerks in Salt Lake, Utah, Sanpete and Juab counties processed about 72,000 absentee and provisional ballots since the election.
Both campaigns had said they did not anticipate the provisional and absentee ballots to sway the outcome of the election.
Matheson » 119,803
Love » 119,035
Libertarian Jim Vein » 6,439
Difference between Matheson and Love » 768
Needed to trigger a recount » 488 (one vote per precinct)
Source: Canvass, Salt Lake, Utah, Juab, Sanpete Counties
Matheson said he felt like his campaign drew clear distinctions between himself and his opponent and made clear that Republicans voting for Romney could also vote for him — and roughly one-in-four Republican voters did, according to Utah Colleges Exit Poll data.
He also set up an aggressive ground game, a combination of voter identification and a get-out-the-vote effort that worked for months to target voters.
"In some ways in a close race anything matters," he said.
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