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Utah elections, 2014

A general election will be held in the U.S. state of Utah on November 4, 2014. The state's four seats in the United States House of Representatives are up for election and there is a special election for Utah's Attorney General. Primary elections will be held on June 24, 2014.[1]

Attorney General

Background

Republican Attorney General John Swallow resigned in December 2013, less than a year into his first term, following multiple investigations into alleged bribery and campaign finance violations.[2]

Appointment

Pursuant to Utah law, Governor Gary Herbert was required to pick a replacement from three names chosen by the Utah Republican Party Central Committee.[3] Nine Republican candidates put their names forward for consideration. They were:

Burns, Sorensen, Tarbet and Wilkins all said they would not run in the special election if chosen.[4]

Sorenson withdrew from contention on December 9, with Ward also withdrawing two days later.[5] A debate was held on December 11[6] and Reyes, Smith and Tarbet were chosen as the finalists by the Central Committee on December 14.[7] Herbert chose Reyes on December 23,[8] who was sworn-in on December 30.[9]

Special election

A special election will thus be held for the remaining two years of Swallow's term, with the office then up for the regularly-scheduled election in 2016. Reyes was unopposed in the Republican primary. Opposing him in the general election are Democratic rancher and attorney Charles A. Stormont,[10][11] American Independent Party nominee Leslie Curtis, Constitution Party nominee Gregory Hansen and Libertarian nominee Andrew McCullough, a perennial candidate for office.[12]

Polling

Poll source Date(s)
administered
Sample
size
Margin of
error
Sean
Reyes (R)
Charles A.
Stormont (D)
Other Undecided
Brigham Young University October 15–22, 2014 159 ± 3.42% 47% 27% 7%[13] 19%

United States House of Representatives

Utah's four seats in the United States House of Representatives will be up for election in 2014.

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  13. ^ Leslie Curtis (AI) 1%, Gregory Hansen (C) 2%, Andrew McCullough (L) 4%

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