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John Curtis Succeeds in Utah Senate Primary

State of the Union: The moderate beat the Trump-backed Trent Staggs.
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Rep. John Curtis clinched the Utah Senate primary election on June 25 with 50 percent of the vote. Trent Staggs received 30 percent, Brad Wilson took 13 percent, and Jason Walton came in last with 6 percent.

If he wins in November, Curtis will succeed Sen. Mitt Romney, who has served as a U.S. senator since 2019. 


The GOP race in Utah presented a test of whether Donald Trump’s influence has grown among Republican voters in the state, where he won 58 percent of the vote in 2020. Staggs received Trump’s endorsement for Romney’s seat; nevertheless, Curtis, the only candidate to not endorse Trump’s bid for reelection, was the front-runner going into the primary.

Caroline Gleich, the Democratic Senate candidate, also won her primary in Utah uncontested.