Stewart wins election again by landslide

Voters cast their votes Tuesday during the presidential election in Enoch City, Utah, Nov. 8, 2016 | Photo by Tracie Sullivan, St. George / Cedar City News
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CEDAR CITY – U.S. Rep. Chris Stewart has once again won Utah’s congressional seat in the 2nd District and is pointing to his conservative constituency as the reason for his win.

As of 1 a.m., with a total of 173,440 votes being reported by the state, it appears Stewart won by taking 62 percent of the vote.

Democratic candidate Charlene Albarran and Paul J. McCollaum Jr., who ran on the Constitutional Party ticket, threw their hats in the race last year against the Republican incumbent. Albarran received 58,356 votes and McCollaum received 7,275 votes.

Stewart has served in Congress since 2013. He credits his win to the largely conservative base he represents.

“My opponent campaigned on liberal policies in a very conservative district and I am a conservative and I believe I’ve been a good fit representing those conservative values,” Stewart said. “I have made many friends through the years throughout the entire district who know me and know how hard I work for them.”

While the congressman admitted he wasn’t concerned about losing the race, he said Albarran ran an aggressive race, albeit a negative one.

“My opponent ran a very aggressive campaign but also a negative campaign,” Stewart said. “I have to say she was probably one of the more negative opponents I’ve ran against but I think the people of Utah are turned off by negative campaigning and would much rather see positive campaigns that are about the issues.”

Stewart said he is celebrating tonight’s victory with his family in Salt Lake City at the Rice Eccles Stadium.

“Any chance I get to spend with family I do because my family has made a great deal of sacrifices for me to do this job, without them there’s no way I could do this,” he said.

UPDATE: Charlene Albarran, the Democratic Nominee for Utah’s Second Congressional District, issued the following statement in regards to the results of the 2016 election:

“First, I would like to thank all my supporters, donors, volunteers and the people who have endorsed me.  I thank my friends and family for standing by me.  I extend a heartfelt thanks to my team who worked tirelessly to get the word out to the people that they have an option.  A very special thanks to my husband, Roberto, for all his encouragement and constant support.
I respect the majority vote of the people in the 2nd congressional district in Utah. I ran this campaign working very hard so that I would have no regrets when we reached Nov. 8. I have no regrets. The most difficult part over the last few weeks was the unknown.  As any wise person would do, I had plan A and plan B.  My plan B is to continue to work for the issues that many of my constituents because my concern in genuine. Therefore, I am starting an NGO (Non-Governmental Organization – non-profit) to continue my work and sincere concern so that I can be a voice for the people. The name of the NGO will be “Voices of the People”.
Please stay posted.  I am not abandoning my supporters.
Thank-you for helping me grow this year, in mind and spirit.”

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  • .... November 9, 2016 at 2:12 am

    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP sends his regards !

    • Real Life November 9, 2016 at 7:42 pm

      President Trump says get a job and get off the dope.

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