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Ex-State Rep Scores Surprise Nod at GOP Convention

Chris Herrod will join two other Republicans on the August primary ballot.

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Ally Mutnick
June 19, 2017, 10:02 a.m.

Former state Rep. Chris Her­rod (R) “was the sur­prise win­ner Sat­urday of the Re­pub­lic­an Party’s nom­in­a­tion to re­place” Rep. Jason Chaf­fetz (R), beat­ing out 10 oth­er can­did­ates in five rounds of vot­ing. … Many had seen the real battle as between” state Sens. Deidre Hende­r­son (R) and Mar­garet Dayton (R), “who have been cam­paign­ing hard since Chaf­fetz an­nounced last month he wasn’t go­ing to serve out his term. But Her­rod, whose cam­paign said he spent less than $5,000 on the race com­pared to about five times that for Hende­r­son, tapped his long­time ex­per­i­ence with the GOP to win over a ma­jor­ity of the more than 1,100 del­eg­ates.” Her­rod will join Provo May­or John Curtis (R) and law­yer Tan­ner Ainge, who won spots on the bal­lot by gath­er­ing sig­na­tures, on the Aug. 15 primary. (Deser­et News)

“Utah Demo­crats over­whelm­ingly picked” phys­i­cian Kath­ryn Al­len (D) “to be their stand­ard bear­er … Al­len blew away her rivals, win­ning 76% of the vote at the Demo­crat­ic State Con­ven­tion in Og­den.” (Utah Policy)

MONEY MAT­TERS. “The only way” the in­debted Utah GOP could “af­ford a spe­cial con­ven­tion Sat­urday to nom­in­ate a re­place­ment for out­go­ing Rep. Jason Chaf­fetz is that Chaf­fetz is donat­ing the money to pay for it. (The five-term con­gress­man had a $400,000 bal­ance in his cam­paign ac­count as of the end of March.)” (Salt Lake Tribune)

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