Election results provide close calls for Utah Democrats

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SALT LAKE CITY -- Election Day 2010 proved to be a day of a Republican tidal wave across the country, and Utah was already a place where Republicans are already entrenched.

There weren't many Republican takeovers in the state, but there were some close calls.

The 2nd Congressional District race was a painful one for Republicans to watch. They thought it was going to be a nail-bitter to the bitter end.

Around mid-evening, however, it became clear that Democratic incumbent Jim Matheson had a majority.

Matheson's challenger, Republican Morgan Philpot, held out hope that numbers would change once more precincts and mail-in votes were counted. But in the end, Philpot didn't have enough votes to overtake the incumbent.

At the Democratic Party headquarters, there was initial panic because of the closeness of the Matheson-Philpot race. Democrats were also worried about the Sim Gill-Lohra Miller race for Salt Lake County district attorney.

As the evening wore on, however, Democrats managed to come out victorious in both of those races. What they thought might be a complete wipe-out turned out to be not so bad.

You can track Wednesday morning's final numbers here at KSL.com.

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