PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Utah) -Republican voters in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District made their choice of who they would like to represent them in the race to replace Jason Chaffetz.
With all seven 3rd district counties finished counting ballots Tuesday night, John Curtis holds a strong lead at 42 percent of the vote. Former state representative Chris Herrod is trailing with 30 percent and Tanner Ainge came out with 27 percent.
Ainge called Curtis to concede the race early in the evening. Herrod had a late push in the most recent polling and his campaign says some polling showed him even with Curtis just before the election. Herrod says he plans to wait until Friday when all ballots are counted. At that point, if results don’t work out in his favor, he’ll congratulate Curtis.
At the election night party, Governor Gary Herbert introduced the Provo Mayor as the party’s nominee and Curtis addressed his supporters.
Curtis will face Democrat Kathie Allen and a collection of third party candidates in the November General Election.
Jim Bennett, candidate for the new United Utah Party in the special election to replace Jason Chaffetz in Utah’s Third Congressional District, congratulated Provo Mayor John Curtis on winning the Republican primary.
“Mayor Curtis was able to fend off hundreds of thousands of dollars in negative ads from hostile out-of-state groups to win his party’s nomination,” Bennett said. “That’s quite impressive, and I congratulate him on his hard-fought victory.”