Republican Mike Lee defeated his Democratic challenger Misty Snow and will represent Utah for another term in the U.S. Senate.
During his acceptance speech, Senator Mike Lee called out a theme that’s been common both in Utah races and nationally, in the Presidential election.
"There is one message that stands out in the 2016 election year. And that is that the American people don’t trust the federal government," Lee said.
Lee called for “a new principled type of populism” to reform the federal government’s status quo.
His opponent, Misty K. Snow broke barriers as the first transgender candidate to be nominated by a major party to run for U.S. Senate, but Lee won with 68 percent of the popular vote. In her concession speech, Snow offered hope to her supporters.
"One thing that I want everybody to remember about my race, is that it doesn’t matter what you look like, where you’re from, what your background is, what your education level is, you can run for office, you can make a difference, in your community you can give a voice to issues you care about," Snow said.
The two candidates offered a stark contrast for voters this election. But at the end of their race, both advocated for the importance of bringing politics to the local level.