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Rob Bishop to run as Thomas Wright's lieutenant governor
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Thomas Wright adds US Rep. Rob Bishop to his governor ticket

WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 07: Chairman of the House Committee on Natural Resources Rob Bishop (R-UT) at the House Natural Resources Committee Hearing on Examining Challenges in Puerto Rico's Recovery efforts on Capital Hill on November 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (AP)– Former Utah Republican party chair Thomas Wright is adding a political heavyweight to his run for governor by tapping outgoing Congressman Rob Bishop as his lieutenant-governor candidate.

Bishop had already said he would not run for a ninth term in the U.S. House.

He had considered running for governor himself before teaming up with Wright instead.

Thursday’s announcement comes as Wright looks to set himself apart in a crowded GOP field that also includes former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. and current Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox.