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Primary voters deciding party nomination for three congressional races


SALT LAKE CITY (News4Utah) – It’s Primary Election day in Utah, which means voters will decide a number of party nominations throughout the state.

Primary voters are weighing in on three U.S. Congressional races here in Utah and one is getting national attention. The GOP race for U.S. Senate.

Former Republican presidential nominee and Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney wants the job. He’s up against state representative Mike Kennedy.

Kennedy beat Romney at convention by two points, forcing the primary. But, the latest Utah Policy poll predicts a landslide victory for Romney. It has him up 43 points.

This week on Inside Utah Politics, our panel weighed in on the race, saying that’s how they expect things to play out.

“He’s so, rightly or wrongly, beloved by Utahns. I mean, they supported him like gangbusters in 2012 in the presidential race. They still think of him as presidential material, I mean, he has that image, so I don’t think that it’s going to be a close race,” said Representative Brian King, (D) Salt Lake City.

“Romney almost has that incumbent status, because he’s been on the ballot in Utah. Got over 90% in the Presidential Primary the first time. And, Kennedy is a good candidate, he’s a good guy and we worked with him in the legislature, but no one is going to beat Mitt Romney,” said Senator Todd Weiler, (R) Woods Cross.

Tonight the Republican nomination will also be settled in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District.

Representative John Curtis is taking on former state representative Chris Herrod.

The two faced off in the Special Election last year as well, but there is a much different tone this time around.

Curtis won big at convention, barely missing out on taking the nomination there and the latest Utah Policy poll has him up by 47 points.

“I think it’s going to be a relatively easy victory for Representative Curtis, bigger than the margin was last year,” said King.

In the 1st Congressional District Lee Castillo and Kurt Weiland are vying for the Democratic nomination.

First results will start to come in after the polls close at 8 pm.

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Glen Mills

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For this Beetdigger and Ute it’s an honor to be doing what he loves in his home state! Glen is an award-winning journalist, who joined the ABC4 Utah team in June 2013. You can catch him anchoring ABC4 Utah News at 4 Monday through Friday. He also serves as our Senior Political Correspondent, keeping you up to date on issues that impact your life at the city, state and national level. His political reports run throughout the week, and he hosts Inside Utah Politics, Sunday mornings at 8. The Utah Headliners Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists has recognized Glen as the best government and military television reporter in the state. Before returning home to Utah, he spent 11 1/2 years developing his journalism skills in other states. He held various on-air and management positions at KPVI in Pocatello, Idaho, WGBA in Green Bay, Wisconsin and KKCO in Grand Junction, Colorado during that time.. Read More...

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