A wrap-up of Utah election results — and the races we can’t call yet

Nov 4, 2020, 6:13 AM | Updated: 6:13 am
Jeanna Henderson, second from right, votes at Draper City Hall in Draper on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
Jeanna Henderson, second from right, votes at Draper City Hall in Draper on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020. Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The Associated Press called the race for Utah governor, but a number of other contests remain undecided in the 2020 election. You can see the full Utah election results update automatically right here

Here’s a rundown of what we know. 

Utah governor

The sitting lieutenant governor, Republican Spencer Cox, will be Utah’s next governor. The Associated Press called the race for Cox just after polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday. 

Cox beat Democrat Chris Peterson, a professor at the University of Utah, in a race marked by civility and friendship. The two candidates appeared in a series of public services announcements encouraging Utahns to figure out how to disagree with each other without hating each other. 

As of 5 a.m., Cox led Peterson 654,505 to 315,575 or about 64% to 31.%

Utah attorney general 

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes appears to have won re-election, with some ballots still outstanding. As of 5 a.m. Wednesday morning, Republican Reyes had 622,466 votes to 354,388 for Democrat and challenger Greg Skordas. 

1st Congressional District 

The Associated Press called the 1st Congressional District for Republican Blake Moore, making him the winner of the only open Utah seat for Congress in 2020. Moore will replace the outgoing Rep. Rob Bishop, who is retiring at the end of this term. 

Moore defeated Democrat Darren Parry 68% to 32% according to early balloting. Final results will be available later this month. 

2nd Congressional District 

Rep. Chris Stewart, a Republican, holds on to a lead as he fights to keep his seat in Congress. 

Stewart leads Democrat Kael Weston 61 to 35%. 

3rd Congressional District 

Democrat Devin Thorpe conceded the 3rd Congressional District race to incumbent Republican Rep. John Curtis on Tuesday. Curtis garnered 68% of the vote by 8:30 p.m. 

Curtis has held the seat since 2017, taking on the seat after serving as the mayor of Provo from 2010-2017. 

4th Congressional District 

Democrat Rep. Ben McAdams, the incumbent, holds a slight lead over Republican challenger Burgess Owens in early counting for the 4th Congressional District. However, the race, one of Utah’s most hotly contested this election season, still has too many outstanding ballots to definitively call. 

As of 5:00 a.m. Tuesday, McAdams led Owens 109,880 votes to 102,115. 


Ballot amendments 

Most of Utah’s proposed ballot amendments appear poised for approval in the 2020 election. You can read more about them here, and get the latest results here

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A wrap-up of Utah election results — and the races we can’t call yet