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In the two months leading up to the June Republican primary election, more than 73,000 Utahns registered with the Utah GOP. 

Some Democrats and left-leaning unaffiliated voters temporarily switched their affiliations to participate, since only registered Republicans could vote in the primary. 

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Updated 5:54 p.m. MDT 7/8/2020

Utahns voted in an influential primary election June 30. There is an open seat for Governor for the first time since 2004, and four Republicans are vying for their party’s nomination. Utah’s incumbent Attorney General Sean Reyes is being challenged by another Republican. The 1st Congressional District is an open seat for the first time since 2002, andRepublicans and Democrats are facing off in their own primaries for the chance to compete for the seat in November. 

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County clerks in Utah are still counting ballots from Tuesday’s primary election.

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Utahns across the state are voting on who will be their party's candidates during the November general elections.

Preliminary results are expected to be released at 10 p.m. MDT on Tuesday, June 30. Due to the unique nature of this election, final results may be days or weeks away.

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Primary Election Day in Utah will look different this year compared to years past due to the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Amid calls for Democrats and unaffiliated voters to register as Republicans ahead of Utah’s June 30 primary election, GOP registration has soared. 

In the second biggest Democratic primary night next to Super Tuesday, March 10 has six contests. Idaho, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota and Washington state are choosing Democratic presidential nominees.

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Tuesday is the biggest primary day of the 2020 race, when 14 states are holding contests with 1,357 delegates at stake. Follow NPR's coverage for the latest news, analysis and results.

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Twelve candidates take the stage for October's Democratic primary debate, which begins at 6 p.m. MT. Follow along as NPR reporters share context and analysis throughout the debate.

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Tuesday is primary voting day in Utah and, under a new state law, some 17-year-olds will be heading to the polls for the first time.

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Congressman John Curtis went toe-to-toe with challenger Chris Herrod during Tuesday’s Republican primary debate for the 3rd Congressional District — rehashing many of their disagreements from last year's special election.

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Here’s a telling stat: In Utah, there are more registered unaffiliated voters than there are Democrats. Roughly 600,000 including both active and inactive voters. Inactive just means the person hasn’t voted in a couple of general election cycles.

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Count My Vote is launching a ballot initiative that would eliminate the party caucus-convention system. 

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Tuesday night’s results are not final, but they show incumbent Salt Lake City Council members James Rogers and Erin Mendenhall with commanding leads— each held more than 75 percent of the vote in their respective races. 

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Tuesday is primary election day for the third congressional district special election and some municipalities around the state.

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The Utah Republican Party has dropped its appeal of court decisions to uphold changes to Utah’s election laws. 

Gov. Herbert Prefers Presidential Primary Over Caucus

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Utah Governor Gary Herbert says he’s glad Tuesday’s caucus meetings were well attended, but that he’d prefer moving back to a presidential primary.