John Curtis facing primary challenger as Utah Democrats will back independent Evan McMullin,
Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, walks onto the stage to speak to delegates during the GOP State Convention at the Mountain America Exposition Center in Sandy on Saturday, April 23, 2022. (Adam Fondren for the Deseret News)
“I’m going to continue to focus on what I believe in and what I’m doing,” Lee told reporters after the vote.
The incumbent has two challengers, Becky Edwards and Christopher John, who will also be on the primary ballot. All three candidates gathered enough signatures to guarantee their names to be printed.
A primary for the third congressional district
Congressman John Curtis faced another hard convention this afternoon. From five candidates, we got down to two.
Curtis will see a primary challenger in Chris Herrod. Herrod got 54% of the delegate vote, while Curtis got 41.77% of the vote.
In order for a candidate to be the only GOP nominee, they have to get 60% of the delegate vote. If no one gets that much, the top two appear on the primary ballot. That’s what we’re seeing with Curtis and Herrod.
Here’s what happened with the other congressional districts
In the first congressional district, there will be three people on the primary ballot: Congressman Blake Moore, Andrew Badger and Tina Cannon.
Badger won at the convention; Cannon gathered signatures.
For the second congressional district, incumbent Congressman Chris Stewart was the overwhelming nominee, but he’ll still have a challenger.
Those registered Republicans in the fourth congressional district will have two choices on their primary ballot.
Congressman Burgess Owens won his delegate vote, but challenger Jake Hunsaker will be on the ballot after gathering enough signatures as well.