SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – The Republican primary for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District has officially come to an end Friday.
Additional ballot numbers were released solidifying Provo Mayor John Curtis’ Tuesday night victory. Curtis says opponent Chris Herrod called and “graciously conceded” following the release of these new numbers.
Curtis held a strong lead Tuesday, but Herrod said he planned to wait until Friday results to make his concession call. There were nearly 30,000 Utah County ballots uncounted Tuesday night.
Herrod released the following statement Friday:
“I ran for Congress because of my deep love for America and for the great state of Utah. Winning or losing an election will never change the gratitude I carry in my conservative hear for our forefathers and for their sacrifice and dedication to our country. I also want to thank the hundreds of volunteers and staff that worked tirelessly on my campaign, as well as the donors who contributed. I am truly humbled by their support. Lastly, I want to thank my family, especially my wife Alia, for the support, love and sacrifices they have given over the last three months. “
Curtis also released the following statement following the concession:
“I’m grateful and humbled by the support of the Republican voters in Utah’s third district. Leading up to November 7th, our campaign will focus on uniting not only Republicans in the district but all residents behind our message. The message is the same as it was for our pioneer ancestors: using principles of industry, thrift, hard work and personal responsibility, we can tackle all of our country’s difficult problems and get things done,” said Curtis.
Curtis officially walked away with about 43 percent of the vote, Herrod with 32 percent and Tanner Ainge with 24 percent.
Curtis will now face Democrat Dr. Kathie Allen, United Utah Party candidate Jim Bennett and other third party candidates in the November General Election.