Here is a summary of the election results in Utah: (View full map)
As expected, Romney won Utah, the nation’s only predominantly Mormon state and a reliably Republican state, with more than 70 percent of the vote, the Associated Press reported.
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch, who survived a tough tea party challenge in the primary contest, has defeated Democrat Scott Howell to win a seventh term in the Senate, according to the AP. Hatch, who may be in line to chair the Senate Finance Committee, moved to the right to solidify his support among conservatives in the state. Hatch had garnered more than 65 percent of the vote with about 99 percent of precincts counted.
Republican Gov. Gary Herbert defeated his Democratic challenger, businessman Peter Cooke, according to the AP, receiving 68 percent of the vote with 99 percent of precincts reporting.
Rep. Jim Matheson, Utah’s sole Democrat in Congress, narrowly beat back a strong challenge from Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love, who was vying to become the first African American Republican woman elected to Congress. Matheson, a six-term moderate Democrat, held a lead of 2,818 votes with 100 percent of precincts reporting. Republican Jason Chaffetz, who serves on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, has won reelection over Democrat Soren Simonsen, the AP projected. Chaffetz had 76 percent of the vote with more than half of precincts reporting.
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