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New Poll Shows Top Republican Contenders For Chaffetz's Seat

Y2 Analytics

A new poll of Republican voters in Utah’s 3rd Congressional District reveals some strong favorites to replace outgoing Rep. Jason Chaffetz.  

Utah Valley University President Matthew Holland received a favorability score of 77 out of 100, according to the survey. He was followed by Provo Mayor John Curtis with a favorability score of 62 and Nathan Ivie, a Utah County Commissioner, with 58.

Chaffetz announced last week he would not be seeking re-election next year and may even step down before his term is finished.

Neither Holland or Curtis have signaled whether they would run for higher office, though Curtis told the Deseret News on Friday he may consider it.

Former presidential candidate Evan McMullin had the highest name recognition but scored near the bottom of the survey with a favorability score of 42.

The poll of 445 likely Republican primary voters was conducted from April 22-27 by Provo-based Y2 Analytics.

Y2 Analytics Survey of Republican Voters In Utah's 3rd Congressional District

Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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