The vote count is official. Jackie Biskupski has been elected Salt Lake City’s mayor, beating incumbent mayor Ralph Becker. She’s the first openly gay person to hold the office.
The official canvass was approved by the Salt Lake City Council shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday — two weeks after Election Day. The official vote count had Biskupski beating Mayor Ralph Becker 51.5 percent to 48.5 percent. Of the 38,598 ballots, Biskupski received 19,896 to Becker’s 18,702. That’s a 3 percentage-point difference.
On election night, Biskupski led by 1,450 votes with a 4 percentage-point edge. Becker refused to concede the election although he would have had to capture 2 of every 3 outstanding votes to pull even.