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Midterm Election 2022: Live Utah updates
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UPDATED 11:21 p.m.
Utah House results
Utah District 1
The Associated Press has called Republican Blake Moore as the projected winner at 121,157 votes.
Utah District 2
The Associated Press has called Republican Chris Stewart the winner of the 2nd Congressional District at 110,948 votes.
Utah District 3
The Associated Press is calling Republican John Curtis the winner of the 3rd Congressional District at 103,317 votes.
Utah District 4
Republican Burgess Owens is projected as the winner of the 4th Congressional District by the Associated Press. He leads his challengers at 78,525 votes.
UPDATE 11:00 p.m.
Independent Evan McMullin has conceded the Senate race against incumbent Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah. At this time, the race sits at 54.95% for Lee, and 41.64% for McMullin.
“Now that we’ve come together, we must stick together,” @EvanMcMullin says. “None of us have the votes to defend American democracy on our own. We must build coalitions like this one.” #utpol #ElectionDay#Election2022
— Katie McKellar (@KatieMcKellar1) November 9, 2022
Utah Senate results
Only eight counties have not reported any numbers.
Republican Sen. Mike Lee so far has 330,304 votes with Evan McMullin at 257,847 votes.
Utah County results
Orem School District Proposition 2, school district split.
Board of Education of Alpine School District, Utah County, Utah Bond Election
Against the issuance of bonds: 37,701
For the issuance of bonds: 33,224
Davis County Results
Davis School Bond
Against the issuance of bonds: 41,044
For the issuance of bonds: 52,969
Election result delays
Deidre Henderson said via Twitter, one more county is finishing its voting. Results will begin being released no later than 9 p.m.
Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson said on Twitter, long lines in various polling locations are resulting in 30-45 minute delays for any preliminary election results. If you are in line by 8:00 p.m., you will be able to vote.
Sen. Mike Lee joins KSL NewsRadio
“We don’t know what the outcome is expected to be,” Lee told KSLNewsRadio. “We are very pleased with our campaign.”
Lee claims McMullin hasn’t been asked much about policy in the same way he has.
“Evan McMullin has gotten away with saying things that aren’t true… and never speaking about what he will actually do all the while attacking me on personal grounds… it’s a shame and disgraceful,” said Lee.
Polls have closed
Utah polls are officially closed. If you made it in line by 8:00 p.m., you will have a chance to vote.
Downtown in Salt Lake City, Trolley Square has a steady consistent line that may potentially delay results. State Elections Office will give KSLNewsRadio specific details on delays shortly.
Lt. Governor Deidre Henderson reported voter turnout is seemingly low and currently at 44.7%. “It’s a moving target number”, she added. “The totals we see tonight will be from the early voters.”
Senate race views from Republican and Democratic representatives
Ben Anderson, Democratic communications director said most Dem. voters, “have gotten behind McMullin.”
Although there is no front-running Democratic candidate, voters are still engaged and active according to Anderson. “It [has] motivated voters more than disenfranchised them”. Anderson added, Democrats are focused on “common-sense public service,” and very community-focused.
GOP Chairman, Carson Jorgensen said he’s seen a great voter turnout for Republicans.
Common themes in recent years have shown Republican voters voting for Democrats, Jorgensen doesn’t foresee that happening this year. This year Republican politicians have one major driving force. “We’re driving three things,” said Jorgensen, “inflation, inflation, inflation.”
Tensions are high in Orem
With only one in-person voting center, Orem voters are lined up out the door in the rain. Most in-line are concerned with Prop. 2, the Orem and Alpine school district split. “A lot of emotions..,” reported KSL NewsRadio’s Amiee Cobabe. “One couple told me people aren’t sitting next to each other in church because of it”.
Weber County opens additional voting location
After a Google Maps mishap sent some Weber County voters to the wrong location, Weber County will open an additional voting location to make up for the confusion.
No significant issues for voters, Lt. Governor says
Utah Lt. Governor Diedre Henderson says she hasn’t heard of any significant problems for voters across the state today, except for one long line in Cedar City where she said people were waiting for about 30 minutes to cast their votes.
And it was Cedar City, specifically Carbon and Iron Counties, where election officials were concerned about long lines. That’s because of a snafu with the printing company responsible for mailing the ballots.
“Essentially who the county contracted to print the ballots had them shipped to another state before they were shipped here to Utah. They got co-mingled with business mail which should never happen,” Henderson told KSL NewsRadio on Tuesday afternoon.
Henderson said election employees in those counties have been scrambling, adding extra days of early voting and extending the hours for early voting.
And there’s good news. Henderson said the voting lines in Iron and Carbon Counties today aren’t exceptionally long.
The lines in those counties matter to every voter in Utah who expects results around 8 p.m. when the polls close. Because if someone is still in line at 8 p.m., state law says they must be allowed to vote.
And Henderson doesn’t want those voters to be impacted by early returns. So she’s asked every county in Utah to wait before they start publishing their results.
“We want to make sure that all those voters have the opportunity to cast their ballots before they start seeing these preliminary results come through. So we’ve communicated with the counties to hold off,” Henderson told KSL NewsRadio.
“We’re in direct communication with all of the counties, they’ve all agreed to this. We’ll be monitoring the situation through the afternoon and the evening and be able to kind of tell, hopefully around 7 or 7:30, in the minutes leading up to 8 o’clock, whether we need to delay those (results.)”
Listen to the Lt. Governor’s full interview here:
Our previous coverage:
SALT LAKE CITY — After months of campaigning and controversies, Election Day is here.
In a contentious race for Utah’s Senate seat, incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Lee faces independent candidate Evan McMullin. The campaign for Utah’s Senate seat has seen millions raised, a lawsuit filed and months of back and forth between the candidates.
Utah’s 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th Congressional Districts all have Republican incumbents facing challengers.
In the Alpine School District, voters will decide whether to create an Orem School District by splitting the Alpine School District. Those same voters will vote to approve a $595 million bond for the Alpine School District.
In Davis School District, voters will decide on a $475 million bond for the district.
And in Salt Lake City, voters will decide whether or not to approve an $85 million bond for the city’s public lands system.
All Utah voters will get a say in whether Constitutional Amendment A passes.
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