YOUR VOICE, YOUR VOTE

AP: Spencer Cox wins race for Utah governor

Nov 3, 2020, 8:08 PM | Updated: Nov 4, 2020, 6:30 am
fact check governor debate...
Utah gubernatorial candidates Republican Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, left, and Democrat Chris Peterson, right, are pictured in handout photos from the Utah Debate Commission on Sept. 25, 2020.

Lt. Gov Spencer Cox has the lead over Democrat challenger Chris Peterson in the race for Utah governor, preliminary results show. Updated polling numbers show Cox leading with 63.16% and Peterson trailing at 32.41% as of 9:30 p.m. 

AP called the gubernatorial race at 8 p.m. with Cox as the winner. 

 

Peterson conceded from the race hours later at 10:30 p.m., calling his gubernatorial campaign “an honor.”

“I’m proud that we ran an ethical race focused on policy issues,” Peterson said in a statement. “This campaign was about building a new beginning for the Democratic Party in Utah. My name was on the ballot, but this was never about me. It was about fighting to make a positive difference in the daily lives of working people.”

Utah chooses a new governor

The governor’s race is one of the most high-profile races in Utah this year because it guarantees a new state leader, after Gov. Gary Herbert announced in 2019 he would not be running for re-election. It’s the first time an incumbent isn’t running for the seat in over a decade. 

Cox has held a strong lead over Peterson in the weeks leading up to the election, with a Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll in late October showing roughly half of voters throwing their support behind the lieutenant governor. 

The same poll showed about 25% of voters supporting Peterson and another 16% were unsure. 

Tense at times, but candidates run an amicable race

Despite disagreements on the state’s coronavirus response and public education, the two candidates have maintained a mostly amicable race. 

In fact, Cox and Peterson ran a set of joint campaign ads in October to urge Utah voters to remain civil regardless of the election outcome. The ads were in direct response to comments from President Donald Trump who didn’t clarify whether he would accept the final tally after Nov. 3. 

 

“We can debate issues without degrading each other’s character,” Peterson said. 

“We can disagree without hating each other,” Cox added.

However, the two differ on several campaign issues — namely the coronavirus pandemic. 

Peterson released a statement in September calling on Cox to step down from his position as the head of the Utah COVID-19 Community Task Force — calling it a usurpation of the health department by local government. 

The Democratic candidate also called on the lieutenant governor to enforce a face mask mandate across the state, arguing the state response was “hijacked by unproven and ineffective treatments.” 

 

Today’s Top Stories

Your Voice, Your Vote

ballot count amendments utah...
Lindsay Aerts

County clerks report more poll watchers, scrutiny ahead of Utah primary

Ahead of the 2022 Utah Primary election, clerks Salt Lake and Utah counties are reporting more poll watchers are serving as watchdogs.
3 months ago
Utahns could get a tax cut....
LINDSAY AERTS AND KIRA HOFFELMEYER

Utah Senate passes a tax cut for Utahns, Gov. Cox says he will sign it

The Utah Senate just unanimously passed a bill, giving Utahns a big tax cut. People in the state could see $193 million back in taxes.
8 months ago
utah poll unfavorable to president biden...
Mary Richards

New poll shows low favorability in Utah for President Biden

The Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics poll shows that 45% of Utah residents have a favorable opinion of President Joe Biden, while 3% aren’t sure.
2 years ago
Vice President Mike Pence and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., read the final certifica...
LISA MASCARO, ERIC TUCKER, MARY CLARE JALONICK and ANDREW TAYLOR Associated Press

Biden win confirmed after violent pro-Trump protestors storms US Capitol

Congress has confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner, hours after violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol.
2 years ago
president trump trial...
ZEKE MILLER and JILL COLVIN Associated Press

Trump says his term is ending, transition will be orderly

President Donald Trump says there will be an “orderly transition on January 20th” now that Congress has concluded the electoral vote count certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
2 years ago
(Some of the flags and signs outside the Utah State Capitol.  Credit: Paul Nelson)...
Paul Nelson

Hundreds participate in “Stop The Steal” rally at Utah State Capitol

Hundreds of President Trump’s supporters in Utah gather on the Capitol grounds to protest what they call the stealing of the presidential election. 
2 years ago

Sponsored Articles

a worker with a drill in an orange helmet installs a door in the house...
Price's Guaranteed Doors

Home improvement tip: Increase the value of your home by weatherproofing doors

Make sure your home is comfortable before the winter! Seasonal maintenance keeps your home up to date. Read our tips on weatherproofing doors.
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.
A paper reading IRS, internal revenue service is pictured...
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.
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
AP: Spencer Cox wins race for Utah governor