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Provo Mayor John Curtis probable victor of Rep. Jason Chaffetz's seat

Provo Mayor John Curtis probable victor of Rep. Jason Chaffetz's seat

Confusion caused by special-election ballots mistakenly sent to tens of thousands of Utah voters could mean a wait of several days before it's clear which Republican candidate will likely succeed former GOP Rep. Jason Chaffetz. Chaffetz is now a political commentator for Fox News. Join us in a conversation about world events, the newsgathering process or whatever aspect of the news universe you find interesting or important.

Curtis has served eight years as the mayor of Provo, where he helped negotiate a deal for Google to take over the city's troubled fiber-optic system and instead give the city of about 117,000 people the company's high-speed Google Fiber internet service, including free basic internet for all residents.

"He's very much a moderate, and he gets a lot of criticism for it, but Utah needs to change", she said.

"I'm glad our district will have a good leader like John Curtis", Ainge said in a speech to his campaign.

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Muir, the city treasurer for the Salt Lake City suburb of Cottonwood Heights, says he's not anxious about Curtis' Democratic past that led his critics and opponents to question his conservative credentials.

GOP voters will choose one of three candidates Tuesday: Popular mayor John Curtis, former state lawmaker Chris Herrod or newcomer Tanner Ainge, son of Boston Celtics president Danny Ainge.

Herrod told the Daily Herald after the AP called the race that he was not ready to concede.

Both Herrod and Ainge, as well as their super PAC allies, took special aim at what they consider Curtis's most egregious political sin: his past registration as a Democrat, made ahead of an unsuccessful challenge to a sitting Republican state legislator in 2000. -Mexican border and repeal the Affordable Care Act. Chris Herrod, a former state representative, was a state director for Senator Ted Cruz's presidential campaign and has Mr. Cruz's backing. At that point, if results don't work out in his favor, he'll congratulate Curtis.

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David Muir, the city treasurer for the Salt Lake City suburb of Cottonwood Heights, said he voted for Curtis because of his experience running a city and that he wasn't anxious about Curtis' Democratic past.

Curtis will face Democrat Kathie Allen and a collection of third party candidates in the November General Election. Bob Bennett, a longtime Republican, lost re-election in 2010 to tea-party backed Mike Lee.

Allen released a statement late Tuesday congratulating Curtis and vowing to keep her campaign positive. Robert Bennett (R-Utah). The younger Bennett was a "never Trump" Republican previous year and his "United Utah" Party qualified for the 3rd District ballot only after a recent court ruling.

"Mayor Curtis is a good and decent man, so he ought to be uncomfortable in the Party of Trump", Bennett wrote in an emailed statement.

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