Utah 2022 Primary Election Recap

Utah State Capital Building viewed on a sunny day. The grand Utah State Capital Building towering over Salt Lake City. A scenic view of snowy mountain and blue sky can be seen in the background.

Most of the votes from Tuesday’s primary election have been counted across Utah, with winners declared in several key races:

Incumbent U.S. Senator Mike Lee defeated former U.S. Rep. Becky Edwards and Ally Isom in the Republican primary. He will now face independent candidate Evan McMullin in the general election. McMullin is best known for capturing 21% of Utahns’ votes when he ran for President as an independent in 2016.

Utah’s four congressional races are also taking shape – all seats held by Republican incumbents who overcame primary challenges. By contrast, each Democrat candidate ran unopposed in their primaries.

  • In the 1st Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Blake Moore defeated two GOP primary challengers, Tina Cannon and Andrew Badger. Moore will now face Rick Jones, a retired teacher, in the general election.
  • In the 2nd Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Chris Stewart bested attorney Erin Rider to defend his seat in the GOP primary. He will now face Democrat Nick Mitchell.
  • In the 3rd Congressional District, incumbent Rep. John Curtis – who founded the Conservative Climate Caucus – defeated two Republican primary challengers, including Chris Herrod, who received the support of party delegates at the state convention. Curtis will face four candidates in November: Democrat Glenn Wright, chair of the Summit County Council; Constitution Party candidate Daniel Cummings; Independent American Party of Utah candidate Aaron Heineman; and Libertarian candidate Michael Stoddard.
  • In the 4th Congressional District, incumbent Rep. Burgess Owens overcame a primary challenge from Jake Hunsaker, a former Google employee. Owens will now face two candidates in November: Democrat Darlene McDonald, a senior product support engineer at Oracle with extensive community involvement, and United Utah Party candidate January Walker.

The once-in-a-decade redistricting process, which takes place after each U.S. Census, initiated several state legislative races and changed the landscape for other seats. After serving in District 18, Senate Majority Whip Anne Millner defeated attorney Doug Durbano and will now represent District 5. 

Similarly, Senate Budget Chair Jerry Stevenson represented Davis County since 2010 but defeated his GOP primary challenger Betty Young in the newly redrawn District 6.

Utah also held numerous other state legislative, county, city, and school board primaries. To find the results of local elections, visit Utah’s county-by-county election results.

Voter Registration and Locations
Voters can visit the state’s election portal to check registration status, voting sites, ballot status, and additional information about their voting record. Utah residents must be at least 18 years old on Election Day, November 8. You can also register at polling locations through Election Day.

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