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Results of the 2024 Utah Primary Election

Megan McKenna leads Thomas Cooke in the race for Summit County Council Seat C, though votes are still being counted after the polls closed on Tuesday

UTAH – Following the 2024 Primary elections for both the Republican and Democratic parties within Utah, unofficial results have been released to the public.

Congressional Elections

Starting with Utah’s federal delegation to Congress, current U.S. House Representative John Curtis won the Republican primary, defeating Trump-endorsed Trent Staggs, former Speaker of the Utah House of Representatives Brad Wilson, and businessman Jason Walton.

Curtis earned nearly 160,000 votes and over 50% of all votes, with Staggs trailing behind with 94,000 votes at 30%, followed by Wilson’s 13% with 41,000 votes, and Walton in the rear at 6% and 19,000 total votes.

“If you want to know why in the end I did this, it’s for my seventeen grandkids,” Curtis said in a speech after securing the GOP nomination for the U.S. Senate seat.

In Utah’s First Congressional District, incumbent Representative Blake Moore will advance to the general election, securing 72% of votes cast.

In the Second Congressional District, current Rep. Celeste Maloy also held off party challengers, securing nearly 52% of the vote. Maloy edged out challenger Colby Jenkins, who earned 48% of votes.

In Utah’s 3rd Congressional District, a seat vacated by Curtis’s aspirations for Senate, State Senator Mike Kennedy led the five Republicans vying for the seat.

Kennedy earned slightly over 36% of votes cast, entrepreneur Case Lawrence placed second with nearly 23% of votes, Roosevelt Mayor JR Bird earned over 17%, Stewart Peay secured 14%, and John Dougall with over 9% of the vote.

State Elections

Moving to state politics, incumbent Governor Spencer Cox defeated challenger Phil Lyman, earning over 56% of the vote compared to Lyman’s 43%. Cox will move on to face Democratic challenger Brian King in November’s general elections.

In the primary elections for Utah’s Attorney General position, Derek Brown acquired over 45% of the vote, earning him the nomination. Rachel Terry placed second with 32%, and Frank Mylar came in third with 22%.

Summit County

In local politics, Summit County’s only primary election was held for Summit County Council Seat C, with Megan McKenna and Thomas Cooke both vying for the position.

According to unofficial results released by Summit County, Megan McKenna won the primary election, defeating Cooke by over 200 votes. At last count, McKenna received 1,305 votes, or just about 55%. Cooke earned 1,071 votes, or 45%.

Wasatch County

In Wasatch County there were two GOP primary elections for county positions, with Colleen Bonner facing Nick Lopez for Seat B on the County Council and Bob Adams and Todd Griffin squaring off for the County Assessor position.

Colleen Bonner defeated Lopez for the County Council seat, earning 62% of the vote compared to Lopez’s 35%. Bob Adams handily defeated Todd Griffin in the County Assessor primaries, earning more than 2,000 more votes than Griffin.

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