PRIMARY ELECTION 2020

Sean Reyes holds early lead for attorney general, preliminary results show

Jun 30, 2020, 10:38 PM | Updated: Jul 1, 2020, 6:20 pm
A one-year prison sentence for a Utah nurse whose foster child died in her care is being criticized...
A one-year prison sentence for a Utah nurse whose foster child died in her care is being criticized as too lenient. Attorney General Sean Reyes is calling the judge’s decision “beyond disappointing.” (PHOTO: Scott G Winterton/Deseret News)
(PHOTO: Scott G Winterton/Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah — Preliminary results show incumbent attorney general Sean Reyes leading the polls in the Republican primary with a nine-point head against opponent David Leavitt. Reyes is running to defend his seat, where he’s served since December 2013. 

The Attorney General’s race has been a contentious campaign, as both Reyes and Leavitt have accused each other of shady dealings and bad faith throughout the election cycle. 

Initial numbers show Reyes leading with 211,312 votes compared to Leavitt’s 176,836.


UTAH ATTORNEY GENERAL

SEAN REYES – 54.44% | 211,312

DAVID LEAVITT – 47.48% | 176,836

Updated 6:00 a.m. 7/1

However, these numbers are not official results as ballots will continue being counted throughout the week — as the postmark deadline was changed during a special season in April to resolve issues posed by the pandemic. Ballots postmarked by Tuesday at 8 p.m. will be counted in the final votes. 

Reyes released a statement shortly after preliminary results were posted, noting his campaign team is “very pleased with these numbers.” Reyes said he hopes to increase the lead over the coming days, as ballots continue to be counted. 

“It is an honor as Attorney General to stand watch over and defend Utah,” Reyes said in a statement. “I look forward to continuing my momentum into a November re-election victory so I can continue to serve and protect all Utahns.”

Voters and candidates can expect results to be posted later than usual, as Utah conducted an all-mail primary — in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19. As a result, poll locations throughout the state were closed and the postmark deadline extended to 8 p.m. Tuesday.

Typically, official results can be expected two weeks after polls close — but Utah is extending this to three weeks, accounting for election staff members to quarantine. 

This story is developing and will be updated. 

Today’s Top Stories

Primary Election 2020

Missouri Senator...
MARY CLARE JALONICK

Missouri senator to contest Biden’s Electoral College win

A Republican senator says he'll object when Congress meets next week to certify President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the election
2 years ago
President Donald Trump arrives to speak in the Rose Garden of the White House, Friday, Nov. 13, 202...
COLLEEN LONG, ZEKE MILLER, JILL COLVIN and DAVID EGGERT

Trump, allies making steps to overturn Biden victory

President Donald Trump and his allies are taking increasingly steps to subvert the results of the 2020 election.
2 years ago
Trump peaceful transfer power...
By AAMER MADHANI and KEVIN FREKING Associated Press

Trump won’t commit to peaceful transfer of power if he loses

President Donald Trump is declining to commit to a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the Nov. 3 presidential election.
2 years ago
us postal service...
Simone Seikaly

Jeff Caplan’s Afternoon News: Delay a Presidential election?

Pres. Trump suggests a delay to the 2020 presidential election to prevent election fraud. One Utah educator says he can't do that.
2 years ago
business boycotts georgia...
Curt Gresseth

Live Mic: Mail-in primary election in Utah is one for the books

Justin Lee, Utah director of elections, discusses voter participation in the June 30 primary election and lessons learned from 90 percent vote-by-mail.
2 years ago
jon huntsman jr. is pictured...
Colby Walker

Jon Huntsman says he will not run as a write-in candidate

Former Utah Governor and ambassador to China and Russia Jon Huntsman Jr. says he will not run as a write-in candidate in Utah's November election. 
2 years ago

Sponsored Articles

Tax Harassment...
Jordan Wilcox

The best strategies for dealing with IRS tax harassment | You have options!

Learn how to deal with IRS tax harassment. This guide will teach you how to stop IRS phone calls and letters, and how to handle an IRS audit.
spend a day at Bear Lake...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

You’ll love spending the day at Bear Lake | How to spend a day at Bear Lake

Bear Lake is a place that needs to be experienced. Spend a day at Bear Lake.
Curb Appeal...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

How to have the best of both worlds for your house | Home security and curb appeal

Protect your home and improve its curb appeal with the latest security solutions like beautiful garage doors and increased security systems.
Prescription opioids can be disposed of during National Prescription Take Back Day...
Know Your Script

Prescription opioid misuse | How to protect your family from the opioid epidemic

Studies have shown that prescription opioid misuse has increased since COVID-19. So what do you need to know about these opioids?
national heart month...
Intermountain Healthcare

National Heart Month: 5 Lifestyle Changes to Make Today to Keep You Heart Healthy

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. One person dies every 36 seconds in the United States from cardiovascular disease
Joseph Smith Memorial Building...
Temple Square

The Joseph Smith Memorial Building is an icon of Salt Lake City | Why hosting an event at this beautiful location will make you a hero this year

Here's why hosting an event at the iconic Joseph Smith Memorial Building in downtown Salt Lake City will make you a hero this year.
Sean Reyes holds early lead for attorney general, preliminary results show