The loser in Utah's closest primary election runoff exercised his right to have the votes recounted, and still ended up losing - by just nine votes - the Salt Lake County Clerk's Office said Thursday.

Frank Strickland had demanded a recount of the Sept. 13 returns for the Republican contest in House District 49. GOP incumbent Boyd Warnick did not seek re-election.The result, said a county clerk, was "exactly the same." Strickland lost with 281 votes to Thomas Goudie's 290.

Goudie, a manager for Ryder Freight Systems, will now go on to face Democrat Bob Anderton in the Nov. 8 general election.

Strickland, a geologist, had campaigned as a pro-tax limitation initiative candidate in the House district in western Salt Lake County.

No other intraparty primary contests were close enough for losing candidates to demand a recount at government expense, as allowed under Utah election laws.