SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Republican mayor of Provo has won a special election to replace former U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz.
John Curtis on Tuesday defeated Democrat Kathryn Allen and third-party candidate Jim Bennett, a centrist and the son of former longtime U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett.
Curtis’ opponents tried to tie him to President Donald Trump, who got a lukewarm reception from Utah conservatives during last year’s presidential race. Curtis didn’t vote for Trump but says he supports the president’s agenda.
National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Steve Stivers released the following statement regarding Curtis’ victory.
Tonight’s result speaks loud and clear: Utahns want a congressman who will get things done. Congratulations to Congressman-elect Curtis, who ran a top-notch campaign by listening to Utahns and focusing his message on the need to move our Republican agenda forward. In that regard, I look forward to the congressman-elect adding his voice to House Republicans’ effort to enact historic tax cuts for the American middle class.
The GOP candidate’s win wasn’t surprising in the 3rd Congressional District, where Republicans outnumber Democrats 5-to-1.
Chaffetz held the seat for eight years before resigning in June, saying he wanted to spend more time with family. He quickly became a paid Fox News contributor.
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