Present Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox held a slight lead over former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, FOX 13 of Salt Lake Metropolis reported.
Cox had about 37 p.c of the vote and Huntsman about 34.5 p.c, based on the report.
“You’ve made us so proud,” Cox instructed supporters at an Election Night time watch celebration, according to The Deseret News. “We love what you stand for. We love the goodness that has proven by from the very starting.”
“The early numbers are encouraging however this election can be too near name till each vote is counted,” Huntsman instructed the paper in a press release. “That’s the fantastic thing about the American election system. We look ahead to monitoring the ultimate outcomes over the following a number of days.”
Former Utah Home Speaker Greg Hughes and former Utah Republican Social gathering chairman Thomas Wright stuffed out the GOP major area.
The GOP winner will face Democrat Chris Peterson, a regulation professor on the College of Utah, in November, FOX 13 reported.
Utah’s present governor, Republican Gary Herbert, introduced final yr that he wouldn’t search a 3rd time period. He endorsed Cox to succeed him.
Huntsman was Utah’s governor from January 2005 to August 2009. He later served as U.S. ambassador to China beneath former President Barack Obama and U.S. ambassador to Russia beneath President Trump, stepping down final October.