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John Curtis Secures Republican Nomination For 3rd District As Herrod Concedes

Julia Ritchey, KUER
John Curtis thanks supporters during his election night victory party in Provo on Aug. 15.

Third District Congressional candidate John Curtis has solidified the Republican nomination in his bid to replace former Representative Jason Chaffetz.

Curtis’ main opponent, former state lawmaker Chris Herrod, called to concede the race after updated vote tallies were released Friday afternoon.


“I think John ran a great campaign, and I wish him the best,” said Herrod. “I think he’ll represent the Republican party well, and, most likely, as it is in this state, he’ll represent the state of Utah well.”


Curtis expanded his margin of victory to lead with 43 percent of the vote, while Herrod trailed with 32 percent. Tanner Ainge, who conceded Tuesday night, earned 24 percent.

Curtis will now face Democrat Kathie Allen in the general election this November to serve out the rest of Chaffetz’s term.




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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