SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- (ABC4 Utah) – Tuesday, we will find out who voters choose to fill the vacant seat in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District.
Republicans have had a strong hold on this district, and local experts expect it to stay that way.
Residents in the district has gone without representation for more than four months now.
The vacancy was created when former representative Jason Chaffetz walked away on June 30, 2017.
“If he doesn’t want to do the job then I’m glad he stopped, and we find someone who does,” said Meggie Busath, voter.
Utah voters have mixed emotions on the early departure, but some see it as a fresh start.
“I can’t say I was ever a big fan of Chaffetz, so it’s exciting for the opportunity for someone to come in,” said Neil Hooper, voter.
The top candidates for the job are; Provo Mayor, and Republican Nominee John Curtis, Democrat Kathie Allen and Jim Bennett, representing the newly formed United Utah Party.
The latest Salt Lake Tribune/ Hinckley Institute of Politics poll gives Curtis a big lead with 46%, compared to 19% for Allen and 9% for Bennett.
Local experts expect these numbers to hold up on Election Day.
“This is just a tough district for a democrat. This is one of the most reliably red districts in the whole country. This is one Jason Chaffetz had for such a long time, won by huge margins. It’s just one of those areas where republicans do really, really well,” said Hinckley Institute of Politics Director Jason Perry.
Even so, voters say it’s a duty to make your voice heard.
“I love Utah, and I want to keep it headed in a good direction, so I think voting for the congressional district is very important,” said Hooper.
Monday, is the final day to get your mail in ballot postmarked, or you can deliver it in person on Tuesday.
Traditional polling places will also be open until 8 p.m. on Election Day.