SALT LAKE CITY (ABC4 News) – Spencer Cox will win the Republican primary election for governor in Utah. The Associated Press called the race for the gubernatorial candidate and current Lt. governor late Monday afternoon.
Although the final ballots will not be completely tallied for several more days, the latest count showed Cox with a lead that is likely insurmountable for former Utah governor Jon Huntsman Jr.
Shortly after Cox was declared the projected winner, he reported that Huntsman called to concede the race.
In a statement, Cox said he and his running mate Deidre Henderson are “humbled” by the vote of confidence from the people of Utah.
“As farm kids from Sanpete County, Abby and I never dreamed of having this opportunity. If elected in November, we will take our rural values of hard work, honesty, and responsibility to the Governor’s office each day.”
“The next four years will be critically important to Utah’s future,” continued Cox. “We must rebuild our economy, restore the joy of teaching for our educators, and bring new opportunities for smart growth to both the Wasatch Front and rural Utah.”
Cox will face Democratic nominee Chris Peterson in November’s General Election. The Peterson campaign congratulated Cox on the win and said it looks forward to a thoughtful debate on the future of the state.