Cox defeats Huntsman in GOP primary for governor

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Former Gov. Jon Huntsman slightly closed the gap with Lt. Governor Spencer Cox to just over 9,100 votes on Monday, but Cox was projected as the winner by multiple organizations.

Elections officials added about 27,000 new ballots to the totals from last week. The new votes brought the gap between Cox and Huntsman to 1.8 percentage points. It’s still unclear how many ballots remain to be counted after Monday’s update.

Decision Desk HQ felt they had enough data to declare Cox the winner shortly after the latest update on Monday afternoon. The Associated Press called the race for Cox about 90 minutes afterward. 


Cox’s victory ends Huntsman’s comeback bid to return to the seat he left in 2009.

Hunstman conceded the race to Cox on Monday afternoon.

In the remaining races yet to be called, Blake Moore maintained a 2,800 vote lead over Bob Stevenson in the Republican primary for Utah’s 1st. Congressional District. 

Darren Parry’s lead over Jamie Cheek sat at just 324 in the Democratic primary in the 1st District.

Republican Rep. Keven Stratton had a slim 54 vote lead over David Shallengerger in their House District 48 primary. 

Rep. Brad Last seems to be fending off a stiff challenge from Willie Billings in the GOP primary for House District 71. Last had a 442 vote lead following Monday’s vote update.

Sen. Lincoln Filmore has likely defeated former State Rep. Rich Cunningham in the Senate District 10 primary election.

And, Rep. Sen. Wayne Harper pulled away from challenger Karen Hyatt in the GOP primary for Senate District 6.