Romney and Curtis clear winners in Republican primary

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Mitt Romney won the Utah Republican primary for U.S. Senate. (Photo by Matt Bennett)

About 30 minutes after the polls closed Tuesday night, two major races had clear winners: Mitt Romney for U.S. Senate and John Curtis in the 3rd Congressional District.

“It looks like our team won the primary, and we understand at this point there were a record number of people who voted in this primary,” Romney said at his election night party in Orem. “I want to thank the 62,000 people who signed the petition to get my name on the ballot and the 5,700 people who volunteered to campaign with me.”

Romney’s looking forward to the rest of the campaign for the seat now held by Orrin Hatch, and said he’d be debating with his Democratic challenger Jenny Wilson. But he’s confident he’ll win the general election. “I expect a Republican is going to Washington again to represent our great state.”

He also spoke about Utah values, welcoming immigrants and refugees who come to the U.S. legally, and caring for veterans. “I will do everything in my power to keep America strong and also make sure the example I set as a leader is consistent with the values of the state and the great founding values of the United States of America.”

Curtis again faced former Utah legislator and Republican Chris Herrod for the 3rd Congressional seat, which Jason Chaffetz held until about a year ago. But unlike last year, when Herrod didn’t concede the race for days after the election, he admitted defeat shortly after polls closed.

“Thank you voters!” Curtis wrote on Twitter. “With your support we have won the Republican primary! I’m honored to be selected again as the GOP nominee for Utah’s 3rd Congressional District.”

Utah County published its final Election Night results at 8:26 p.m., but it will continue to update the numbers as it counts additional ballots in the coming days. Other counties were still counting at 10 p.m. Here are preliminary election results:

U.S. Senate
• Mitt Romney, Republican – 202,533
• Mike Kennedy, Republican – 75,216

3rd Congressional District
• John Curtis, Republican – 55,977
• Chris Herrod, Republican –18,950

Utah House
House 27
• Jared Carman, Republican – 2,004
• Brady Brammer, Republican – 2,739

House 57
• Alexander Carter, Republican – 1,619
• Jon Hawkins, Republican – 2,228

House 61
• Parl Johnson, Republican – 1,301
• Marsha Judkins, Republican – 2,040

State School Board
District 9 (Two advance to General Election)
• Cindy Davis – 10,161
• Joylin Lincoln – 3,133
• Kami Alvarez – 2,949
• Avalie Muhlestein – 3,114

Utah County Attorney
• David O. Leavitt, Republican – 28,284
• Chad Grunander, Republican – 19,857

Utah County Commission Commission A
• Tanner Ainge, Republican – 33,814
• Tom Sakievich, Republican – 14,622

Utah County Sheriff
• Jim Phelps, Republican – 18,350
• Mike Smith, Republican – 30,033

Alpine School Board
Alpine 3 (Two advance to General Election)
•  Kara Sherman – 918
• Sarah Beeson – 2,555
• ‘Afa K. Palu – 1,014

Nebo School Board
Nebo 4 (Two advance to General Election)
• Rick B. Ainge – 1,152
• Drew Daniels – 736
• Larry Ballard – 396

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Amie Rose has more than 14 years of experience writing and editing at newspapers in Utah and New Mexico. She graduated from BYU with a degree in journalism. She lives in Utah Valley with her husband, toddler and crazy dog.

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