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    A majority of Republican Grand County voters picked Jon Huntsman Jr. to be their next governor, but the majority of state voters opted for Spencer Cox, who had roughly 11,000 more votes statewide at the end of Tuesday’s primary election.

    Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox
    Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox

    The figures are preliminary as Utah voters had until Election Day to have their ballot postmarked June 30. Those figures were not counted until Wednesday evening, well past The Times-Independent’s press time.

    With that caveat in mind, Cox earned 148,527 votes, 37.03%, to Huntsman’s 137,431, or 34.26%. Greg Hughes finished a distant third with 83,063 for 20.71 percent of the vote. A total of 32,082 Utahns voted for Thomas Wright for 8%. In Grand County the figures were 459 for Huntsman, 411 for Hughes, 196 for Cox and 98 for Wright.

    If the figures hold, Cox will face off against University of Utah law professor Christopher Peterson, a Democrat, and Libertarian Daniel Cottam, a surgeon, in November’s general election.

    Incumbent Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes defeated challenger David Leavitt 211,312 to 176,836 for a comfortable 54.44% to 45.56% margin.

    Grand County Republicans narrowly gave the nod to Leavitt over Reyes, 571 to 545.

    University of Utah law professor Christopher Peterson, a Democrat, and Libertarian Rudy Bautista will challenge Reyes in November.

    Grand County Clerk Quinn Hall said preliminary results indicate more than 1,165 voters participated in Tuesday’s primary. He said 2,035 ballots were mailed out. He expects the final percentage to be 60% to 70%, which he said is typical for a primary during a presidential election year. He expects the turnout to be closer to 90 percent Nov. 3, which also is typical for Grand County’s level of participation.

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