Utah’s 2018 Midterm Elections Rundown

 

Although Election Day has passed and polls across the nation have closed, election season may not be over so quickly. Many races have been called across the state, but some, like the high-profile Ben McAdams and Mia Love race for the U.S. House seat in Utah’s 4th Congressional District is still up in the air as of Nov. 9.

A map of Salt Lake County’s 80th precinct, which includes dorms on upper campus like Officer’s Circle, Sage Point and Chapel Glen. Courtesy of the Salt Lake County Clerk’s website.

In Salt Lake County, turnout spiked since the 2014 mid-term elections. There were 517,444 registered voters, 2,430 of which were in precincts SLC045 and SLC080, encompassing most of dorms on the University of Utah campus. Across the county, 63.74 percent of registered voters actually cast ballots, and in the University of Utah precincts, 56.16 percent did in 080 and 33.39 percent in 045. In the 2014 midterms, Salt Lake County had 440,524 registered voters, of which only 52.07 percent voted. This high turnout was predicted, and the U hosted a voting center on campus for the first mid-term election ever.

A map of Salt Lake County’s 45th precinct. Courtesy of the Salt Lake County Clerk’s website.

Students across the U’s campus are registered in various districts in Utah, not just the 2nd Congressional District, where the U is located. Many live in the 4th Congressionsal District, where McAdams and Love are vying for a seat, the results of which are awaited for nationwide.

“There is a reason why people across the country are watching this race,” said Jason Perry, director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the U. “The results will come down to the wire, and could even tip the balance of the House. This race has demonstrated that no candidate, even a Republican, has an easy go of things in the Fourth Congressional District. This race has been especially interesting and difficult to predict with the number of new, unaffiliated voters.”

Many of these new voters, either in this election or in recent years, were students at the U. Students did not just vote, though — they also got directly involved in campaigns. Nick Cockrell, a junior majoring in history and political science, worked as a field director for Suzanne Harrison’s state legislature campaign.

“I have never managed a campaign before I had no idea what I was getting myself into. But, did know that I wanted change, and I was determined to fight for it,” Cockrell said. “This experience was unlike anything I’ve ever done before. I got to work with other great university students from around the state who lent their time to our campaign to contact the more than 20,000 voters in Suzanne’s district. We fought as hard as we could, and it paid off. Suzanne won her race by a large margin. I think these elections indicate that Utah is changing and young people have a lot to do with it.”

Nikita Valdez, a senior majoring in political science, worked on the McAdams campaign staff.

“I grew up in the CD4, so being able to work for a campaign in my parents’ neighborhood was a fun prospect,” Valdez said. “To have one of my elected officials actually represent my views was something I didn’t think I would get living in Utah. I voted because it’s something my parents always taught me was important.”

All seats in the U.S. House of Representatives were on the ballot, including Republican incumbents Rob Bishop in CD1, Chris Stewart in CD2, John Curtis in CD3 and Mia Love in CD4. Reps. Bishop, Stewart and Curtis retained their seats, though the ballots for Love’s district are still being counted.

One U.S. Senate seat, previously held by Republican Orrin Hatch, was up for election. Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney beat Democrat Jenny Wilson. State and local positions were also put to voters, from county clerks and school board members to state legislators. The state was also asked to consider one non-binding question, three propositions and three constitutional amendments. Republicans maintained a majority in the Utah State Legislature. Democrats made headway in multiple elections, including flipping a few State Legislature seats.

Federal Election Results

U.S. Senate

Mitt Romney defeated Jenny Wilson-D with 62.29 percent of the popular vote.

U.S. House District 1

Rob Bishop-R defeated Lee Castillo-D with 62.81 percent of the popular vote.

U.S. House District 2

Chris Stewart-R defeated Shireen Ghorbani-D with 57.04 percent of the popular vote.

U.S. House District 3

John Curtis-R defeated James Courage Singer-D with 67.33 percent of the popular vote.

U.S. House District 4

With counties still counting ballots, Ben McAdams leads Mia Love-R with 51.43 percent of the popular vote.

Ballot Initiative Results

Constitutional Amendment A

The Amendment passed with 78.54 percent of the popular vote.

Constitutional Amendment B

The Amendment failed with 72.42 percent of the popular vote voting “against.”

Constitutional Amendment C

The Amendment passed with 63.20 percent of the popular vote.

Nonbinding Opinion Question #1

The Question failed with 65.85 percent of the popular vote voting “against.”

Proposition 2

The Proposition passed with 53.57 percent of the popular vote.

Proposition 3

The Proposition passed with 54.10 percent of the popular vote.

Proposition 4

The Proposition passed with 50.52 percent of the popular vote.

Utah State Senate Results

Utah Senate District 2

Derek Kitchen-D defeated Chase Winder-R with 76.93 percent of the popular vote

Utah Senate District 3

Gene Davis-D (incumbent) defeated Jeremy Egan-R with 70.3 percent of the popular vote.

Utah Senate District 4

Jani Iwamoto-D defeated Alan Monsen-R with 67.95 percent of the popular vote.

Utah Senate District 5

Karen Mayne-D defeated Kimdyl Allen-R with 68.66 percent of the popular vote.

Utah Senate District 8 (Salt Lake County)

Kathleen Riebe-D defeated Brian Zehnder-R with 56.28 percent of the popular vote for the two-year-term seat.

Utah Senate District 9

Kirk Cullimore-R defeated Alexander Castagno-UUP with 66.3 percent of the popular vote.

Utah Senate District 11

Dan McCay-R defeated Christian Burridge-D with 67.39 percent of the popular vote.

Utah Senate District 12

Daniel Thatcher-R defeated Clare Collard-D with 51.1 percent of the popular vote.

Utah Senate District 15

Keith Grover-R defeated Lee Houghton-UUP with 78.40 percent of the popular vote.

Utah Senate District 17

Scott Sandall-R defeated Michael Keil-D with 77.62 percent of the popular vote.

Utah  Senate District 18

Ann Millner-R defeated Jason Yu-D with 64.87 percent of the popular vote.

Utah Senate District 21

Jerry Stevenson-R defeated Jake Penrod-D with 71.97 percent of the popular vote.

Utah Senate District 22

Stuart Adams-R ran unopposed, winning 100 percent of the popular vote.

Utah Senate District 26

Ronald Winterton-R defeated Eileen Gallagher-D with 63.99 percent of the popular vote.

Utah Senate District 28

Evan Vickers-R defeated Mark Chambers-D with 79.03 percent of the popular vote.

Utah State House Results

Utah House District 1

Joel Ferry-R defeated Joshua Hardy-D with 73.33 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 2

Jefferson Moss-R defeated Tyler Allred-D with 81.69 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 3

Val Potter-R defeated Marilyn Mecham-D with 77.56 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 4

Dan Johnson-R defeated Josh Brundage-D with 62.96 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 5

Casey Snider-R defeated Karina Brown-D with 76.3 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 6

Cory Maloy-R ran unopposed, winning 100 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 7

Kyle Andersen-R defeated David Owen-D with 65.37 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 8

Deana Froerer-D defeated Steve Waldrip-R with 50.13 percent of the popular vote. This election was decided by 25 votes.

Utah House District 9

Calvin Musselman-R defeated Kathie Darby-D with 53.27 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 10

LaWanna Shurtliff-D defeated Lorraine Brown-R with 54.11 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 11

Kelly Miles-R defeated Jason Allen-D with 54.05 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 12

Mike Schultz-R defeated Rick Jones-D with 69.17 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 13

Paul Ray-R defeated Tab Uno-D with 64.18 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 14

Karianne Lisonbee-R defeated Shanell Day-D with 63.4 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 15

Brad Wilson-R defeated Rich Miller-D with 76.77 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 16

Steve Handy-R defeated Cheryl Nunn-D with 63.28 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 17

Stewart Barlow-R defeated Dawn Nunn-D with 73.31 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 18

Timothy Hawkes-R defeated Adam Alba-D with 70.97 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 19

Raymond Ward-R defeated Courtney Jones-D with 66.23 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 20

Melissa Ballard-R defeated Ryan Jones-D with 65.32 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 21

Douglas Sagers-R defeated Debbie Vigil-D with 64.4 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 22

Susan Duckworth-D defeated Barbara Stallone-R with 53.54 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 23

Sandra Hollins-D defeated Arnold Jones-R with 74.16 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 24

Jenn Dailey-Provost-D defeated Scott Rosenbush-R with 76.99 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 25

Joel Briscoe-D defeated Cabot Nelson-UUP with 91.46 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 26

Angela Romero-D defeated Man Hung-R with 75.53 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 27

Brady Brammer-R defeated Elisabeth Luntz-D with 76.61 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 28

Brian King-D ran unopposed, winning 100 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 29

Lee Perry-R defeated Kerry Wayne-D with 79.14 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 30

Mike Winder-R defeated Robert Burch, Jr.-D with 57.17 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 31

Elizabeth Weight-D defeated Fred Johnson-R with 60.52 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 32

Suzanne Harrison-D defeated Brad Bonham-R with 56.36 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 33

Craig Hall-R defeated Ira Hatch-D with 53.94 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 34

Karen Kwan-D defeated David Young-R with 60.03 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 35

Mark Wheatley-D defeated Robert Edgel-R with 63.97 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 36

Patrice Arent-D defeated Todd Zenger-R with 64.04 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 37

Carol Moss-D defeated David Sundwall-R with 62.85 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 38

Eric Hutchings-R defeated Edgar Harwood-D with 51.21 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 39

Jim Dunnigan-R defeated Stephen Peck-D with 56.54 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 40

Stephanie Pitcher-D defeated Peter Kraus-R with 69.92 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 41

Mark Strong-R defeated Wendy Garvin-D with 65.28 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 42

Kim Coleman-R defeated Amy Martz-UUP with 66.97 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 43

Cheryl Acton-R defeated Diane Lewis-D with 47.94 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 44

Andrew Stoddard-D defeated Bruce Cutler-R with 54.65 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 45

Steve Eliason-R ran unopposed, winning 100 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 46

Marie Poulson-D defeated Greg Johnson-R with 62.29 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 47

Ken Ivory-R defeated Scott Bell-D with 53.37 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 48

Keven Stratton-R defeated Aaron Heineman-IAP with 88.99 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 49

Robert Spendlove-R defeated Anthony Sudweeks-D with 48.52 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 50

Susan Pulsipher-R defeated Megan Wiesen-D with 68.9 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 51

Jeff Stenquist-R defeated Michele Weeks-UUP with 60.49 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 52

John Knotwell-R defeated Dan McClellan-D with 65.83 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 53

Logan Wilde-R defeated Christopher Neville-D with 66.34 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 54

Tim Quinn-R defeated Meaghan Miller-D with 51.61 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 55

Scott Chew-R defeated Christina Higgins-D with 89.77 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 56

Kay Christofferson-R ran unopposed, winning 100 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 57

Jon Hawkins-R defeated Hillary Stirling-UUP with 78.18 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 58

Derrin Owens-R defeated Lynn Zaritsky-D with 78.91 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 59

Val Peterson-R defeated Gregory Hmura-IAP with 84.01 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 60

Brad Daw-R defeated Alan Keele-D with 74.55 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 61

Marsha Judkins-R defeated Eric Chase-UUP with 78.72 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 62

Travis Seegmiller-R ran unopposed, winning 100 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 63

Adam Robertson-R ran unopposed, winning 100 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 64

Norm Thurston-R defeated Daniel Friend-D with 58.07 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 65

Francis Gibson-R defeated Sue Womack-D with 77.49 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 66

Mike McKell-R defeated Paul Dayton-D with 84.68 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 67

Marc Roberts-R ran unopposed, winning 100 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 68

Merrill Nelson-R defeated Merle Wall-D with 71.58 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 69

Christine Watkins-R defeated Tim Glenn-D with 72.44 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 70

Carl Albrecht-R defeated Robert Greenberg-D with 79.26 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 71

Brad Last-R defeated Chuck Goode-D with 78.19 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 72

Rex Shipp-R defeated Zeno Parry-D with 75.22 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 73

Phil Lyman-R defeated Marsha Holland (unaffiliated) with 67.16 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District

Lowry Snow-R defeated Daniel Holloway-L with 77.04 percent of the popular vote.

Utah House District 75

Walt Brooks-R defeated Keith Kelsch-IAP with 79.42 percent of the popular vote.

For more information on the 2018 midterm elections in Utah, including local and county elections and third party candidates, visit the state of Utah’s election website. The results listed are only preliminary results, as per the state of Utah on Nov. 8.

j.mumford@dailyutahchronicle.com

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