ALL NEWS

Greg Hughes, Thomas Wright still optimistic for a gubernatorial primary win

Jul 1, 2020, 7:20 AM | Updated: 10:52 am
Greg Hughes / Thomas Wright...
Greg Hughes / Thomas Wright

UPDATE: Both Hughes and Wright have now conceded, leaving Huntsman and Cox as the two remaining candidates seeking the Republican nomination to run for governor. The original story is below for your reference. 

SALT LAKE CITY — The initial vote count on primary night did not go the way former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes or former Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright wanted. However, both candidates are optimistic they could pull out a win in the gubernatorial primary. 

Wright focused his campaign on more traditional get out the vote methods, like calling or texting voters and sending lots of mailers. He even had several humerous TV commercials.

That’s why he thinks his campaign is still competitive, even though he’s always polled fourth. 

“We had a really concise direct mail program that was targeting people that don’t spend a lot of time on social media and online. When you have polls come out that measure people online, then naturally [my supporters are] going to come out a little bit low. That’s fine…but we do have a strategy, and we’re anxious to see if it panned out,” Wright says.

Wright also says he’s been attracting voters who were previously unaffiliated who switched to Republican to vote in the primary. He says they have liked his “commonsense conservatism”. 

Many of those voters switched to Republican to vote against Greg Hughes, who has been a lightning rod for liberals in Utah. 

Hughes says he realizes this but has had success with conservative voters. 

“We think that this is a conservative state. Our values are important. We’re a state of industry. The issues that we have brought up are Constitutionally protected liberties [and] are still on the forefront of everyone’s mind,” Hughes. 

Hughes says his internal polls show him neck and neck with front runners Spencer Cox and Jon Huntsman, Jr. if conservatives come out to vote.  

Today’s Top Stories

All News

America First Credit Union gives back to Utah students....
Waverly Golden

America First Credit Union donates 2,700 pairs of shoes to Utah students

This holiday season AFCU aims to give back 1,000 hours of service to the community as part of their Warm the Soles of Kids program.
7 hours ago
The Salt Lake County Sheriff’s office is being sued after what started with a Snapchat request in...
Hugo Rikard-Bell

Salt Lake County Sheriff’s Office being sued after former cadet reports abuse

A former Salt Lake County Sheriff deputy and academy instructor allegedly committed numerous sexual assaults against a former cadet.
1 day ago
Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock speaks during an election day canvass launch on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 20...
The Associated Press

Democratic Sen. Warnock wins Georgia runoff against Walker

The Associated Press has projected Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock as the winner of the Georgia runoff election.
1 day ago
Salt Lake Express...
Mark Jones

Salt Lake Express announces new route to Reno, Nevada

Salt Lake Express is now offering service to Reno, Nevada. The route began Dec. 1 after months of working with the Nevada Department of Transportation.
1 day ago
The Utah Department of Public Safety issued an apology to the family of a woman who was allegedly r...
Thomas Haraldsen

DPS offers apology to family of rape victim from more than 50 years ago

The Utah Department of Public Safety issued an apology to the family of a woman who was allegedly raped by a UHP officer over 50 years ago.
1 day ago
The Salt Lake City Police Department announced its response times for the month of November improve...
Mark Jones

Salt Lake City Police announce response times for November

The Salt Lake City Police Department announced its response times for the month of November improved by 12 minutes and 15 seconds compared to November 2021. 
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...
Macey's

5 game day snacks for the whole family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Happy joyful smiling casual satisfied woman learning and communicates in sign language online using...
Sorenson

The best tools for Deaf and hard-of-hearing workplace success

Here are some of the best resources to make your workplace work better for Deaf and hard-of-hearing employees.
Team supporters celebrating at a tailgate party...
Macey's

8 Delicious Tailgate Foods That Require Zero Prep Work

In a hurry? These 8 tailgate foods take zero prep work, so you can fuel up and get back to what matters most: getting hyped for your favorite
christmas decorations candles in glass jars with fir on a old wooden table...
Western Nut Company

12 Mason Jar Gift Ideas for the 12 Days of Christmas [with recipes!]

There are so many clever mason jar gift ideas to give something thoughtful to your neighbors or friends. Read our 12 ideas to make your own!
wide shot of Bear Lake with a person on a stand up paddle board...

Pack your bags! Extended stays at Bear Lake await you

Work from here! Read our tips to prepare for your extended stay, whether at Bear Lake or somewhere else nearby.
young boy with hearing aid...
Sorenson

Accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing

These different types of accommodations for students who are deaf and hard of hearing can help them succeed in school.
Greg Hughes, Thomas Wright still optimistic for a gubernatorial primary win