Politics Huntsman loses GOP primary in Utah

02:06  07 july  2020
02:06  07 july  2020 Source:   politico.com

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Jon Huntsman and former Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright participate in the Utah Gubernatorial Republican Primary Debate at the PBS Utah studio at the Though the primary race included four candidates, many seem to have viewed the contest as a showdown between Cox and Huntsman

Huntsman qualified for the Republican primary ballot on Monday, April, 13, 2020, joining Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and ex- GOP chair Thomas Wright. Huntsman made the cut hours before the deadline after the coronavirus crisis ended the typical strategy of knocking on doors to gather signatures.

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox has defeated former Gov. Jon Huntsman for the GOP nomination for governor, ending Huntsman's comeback bid in the Republican primary.

Jon Huntsman wearing a suit and tie: Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman. © Rick Bowmer/AP Photo Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.

The Associated Press declared Cox the winner on Monday, nearly a week after last Tuesday's primary. Cox leads Huntsman in the vote count, 36 percent to 35 percent. Former state House Speaker Greg Hughes was third, with 21 percent.

Huntsman won two gubernatorial elections, in 2004 and 2008, before leaving office to serve as President Barack Obama’s ambassador to China. After an ill-fated 2012 presidential campaign, President Donald Trump tapped Huntsman to serve as his ambassador to Russia, a post Huntsman left last October.

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Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman (R) and Lt. Both Huntsman and Cox head into the primary , scheduled for June 30, with high name recognition — Huntsman is a former governor, ran for president and served as ambassador to China and Russia, while Cox heads the state task force on COVID-19.

With more votes counted, Spencer Cox still leads Jon Huntsman in the Republican Gubernatorial primary election.

But Huntsman returned to Utah to face a different political landscape than the last time he was on the ballot. Cox has served as lieutenant governor since 2013 and was endorsed by outgoing Gov. Gary Herbert.

Cox will face Democratic nominee Chris Peterson, an attorney and consumer advocate, in the general election. Republicans have won every gubernatorial election in Utah since 1984.

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