Huntsman and Cox in tight race for GOP nod for Utah governor

Huntsman and Cox in tight race for GOP nod for Utah governor

The contest for the GOP nomination in the race for Utah governor remained too close to call Tuesday, with Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox maintaining a narrow lead over ex-U.S. Russia Ambassador Jon Huntsman Jr. as vote-counting continued during the coronavirus pandemic. Trailing behind were Greg Hughes, the ex-House speaker and vocal supporter of President Trump, and real estate executive Thomas Wright, who positioned himself as the race’s outsider, Huntsman has touted his international experience while Cox has the backing of incumbent Gov. Gary Herbert, who isn’t running again. The election was conducted entirely by mail due to the pandemic and county clerks were quarantining ballots for 24 hours, delaying additional results. An unusual number of Democratic and independent voters crossed party lines to register as Republicans so they could participate in the closed primary, including Sara Barnett, who works at a community clinic in Salt Lake City’s Sugar House neighborhood and typically casts her ballot for Democrats. “I voted Republican so I could vote in this primary election just to use my voice,” said Barnett, who voted for Huntsman. “It was a little abnormal given the party change, but I feel like there were a lot of good candidates, and it was nice to be able to exercise my right to vote.” Here’s a look at other races on the ballot: — Conservative ex-NFL player Burgess Owens won the GOP nomination for the 4th Congressional District handily Tuesday over a state lawmaker, nonprofit CEO and an ex-radio host who pitched himself ...
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