Edwards concedes Utah’s 2nd Congressional District Republican primary

Sep 5, 2023, 9:59 PM | Updated: Sep 11, 2023, 11:14 am

Andrew Roth holds his daughter Maggie as he casts his ballot during Utah's municipal and primary el...

Andrew Roth holds his daughter Maggie as he casts his ballot during Utah's municipal and primary elections, which includes the 2nd Congressional District special primary, at the Salt Lake County Government Center in Salt Lake City on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2023. (Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

(Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News)

SALT LAKE CITY –Becky Edwards conceded the race in the 2nd Congressional District GOP primary on Wednesday evening.

Edwards’ announcement comes short after the latest batch of results were released. Those results showed that Celeste Maloy’s lead had grown to nearly 2,500 votes. 

Reaction from Maloy

Maloy issued a statement Wednesday evening on her victory.

“I am both humbled, and honored, to receive this vote of confidence from Utah’s 2nd congressional district.

“The past three months have been nothing short of incredible, and I couldn’t have done it without my family, an amazing campaign team, and the support of leaders like Congressman Chris Stewart.

“I respect anyone who is willing to throw their hat into the arena and run for office.”

Maloy has overtaken Becky Edwards by a little more than 1,400 votes by 6:05 a.m. on Wednesday morning in the Republican primary according to the state of Utah elections webpage.  

Hough wishes Maloy the best of luck

Bruce Hough also issued a statement Wednesday night, congratulating Maloy on her win.

“First, I want to thank my wonderful wife and children for supporting me in this endeavor.  I also want to extend my sincere thanks to all of those that believed in me enough to support, volunteer, or vote for me. This was a wonderful experience.

“I congratulate Celeste on her projected victory. I enjoyed our time together on the campaign trail as we debated in 11 of the counties in the district.

“She will provide the citizens of the 2nd district with excellent representation. I support her 100% as she moves forward to the general election.”With Davis, Garfield, Iron, Juab, Kane, Millard, Piute, Salt Lake, Sevier, Tooele, and Washington Counties reporting, Celeste Maloy was in the lead with 37.34%, while Becky Edwards followed with 37.02%, and Bruce Hough was in third place with 25.64% of the vote.

Updated totals will be available on Wednesday at 5 p.m.


Other Salt Lake County races

There were multiple municipal races in Salt Lake County. By 9:24 p.m., Sharon Daurella had 41.30% of the vote for Cottonwood Heights Council District 2.

Paul Pickett led with 52.04% in the race for Murray City Council District 1.

In the race for West Valley City Council, Tom Huynh was leading with 50.75% of the vote.

See all Salt Lake County municipal races.

Weber County election results

By 9:35 p.m. on primary election night, less than 100 votes separated Taylor Knuth, Ben Nadolski, and Bart E. Blair in the race for Ogden Mayor. 

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Taylor Knuth released a statement noting the close nature of the election, thus far.

“We always knew this would be a close race. I trust the process and look forward to seeing the final vote count, but we are incredibly encouraged by the initial results.”

At the same time, Weber County Clerk Ricky Hatch said additional election results wouldn’t be released until Thursday.

Related: Race to Replace Rep. Chris Stewart

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Edwards concedes Utah’s 2nd Congressional District Republican primary