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2018 midterm elections

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Jen Dailey-Provost faced a tough four-way Democratic primary in the state Legislature’s 24th House District, beating her closest opponent by only 55 votes after results were finalized Tuesday.

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Final results from last month’s primary showed leading legislative candidates held on to victory.

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Democrat Jenny Wilson faces perhaps the highest hurdle of anyone running for office in Utah this year: she wants to defeat Republican Mitt Romney and flip Utah’s open Senate seat.

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With ballots still being tallied from Tuesday’s primary elections in Utah, late-arriving mail-in ballots could swing more competitive races, including a statehouse primary between four Salt Lake City Democrats.

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Former presidential nominee Mitt Romney is one step closer to the Senate after trouncing his Republican primary opponent Mike Kennedy Tuesday night.

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Preliminary results are in and tallies show Mitt Romney clinching the Republican nomination for U.S. Senate.

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Tuesday's polls haven't even opened but early voting numbers suggest Salt Lake County could have its highest voter turnout ever in a primary.

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Tuesday is primary voting day in Utah and, under a new state law, some 17-year-olds will be heading to the polls for the first time.

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After Russian efforts to disrupt U.S. elections in 2016, many states — including Utah — are shoring up their systems to prevent hacking and outside interference. But Russia uses social media too, and at least one big-name political candidate in Utah appears to have drawn some unusual interest.

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A lawsuit announced this week in Salt Lake City focuses on a contested county commission seat, newly redrawn voting districts and a Navajo candidate well known for his opposition to shrinking the Bears Ears National Monument.

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Mitt Romney is back. After two unsuccessful presidential campaigns, the former Massachusetts governor seems to be sailing through his bid for U.S. Senate. But he still faces a primary race with Republican state lawmaker Mike Kennedy. The winner of the June 26 primary will face Democrat Jenny Wilson in November for the seat currently held by retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. 

Romney spoke with KUER's Nicole Nixon this week to discuss immigration, President Trump and more. 

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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Republican Mike Kennedy is a relatively unknown lawmaker and family doctor challenging Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination in the race for Utah’s Senate seat, left open by Orrin Hatch’s upcoming retirement. The winner of the June 26 primary will face Democrat Jenny Wilson in November. 

KUER’s Nicole Nixon sat down with Kennedy to talk about health care, President Trump and more. 

This interview has been edited for time and clarity.


State Sen. Jim Dabakis announced his exit from the Legislature earlier this year in a video that captured the Salt Lake Democrat’s trademark theatrics.

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It’s parade season in Utah, and U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy is taking advantage of the summer festivities to shake every hand he can. As the underdog in the Republican primary for Utah’s open seat, he says it's a must.

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Mitt Romney, the Republican frontrunner for U.S. Senate, and his primary opponent Mike Kennedy debated on Tuesday at Brigham Young University in what sounded, at times, like an echo chamber.

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The Utah Debate Commission is holding debates Tuesday for all three of Utah’s contested primary races.

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Mike Kennedy is clarifying an apology he gave to a Texas pastor who has made inflammatory comments about Mormonism and other religions.

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Updates from the lieutenant governor’s office show that all four initiative groups trying to get on the ballot this November appear to have qualified. But nothing is set in stone yet.

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A record number of Native Americans are running for political office this year nationally and in the Mountain West.

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Democratic frontrunners Ben McAdams and Jenny Wilson clinched the party nomination in their respective congressional races.

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Some candidates for legislative and county-level races can set their sights on the Nov. 6 election. Others are headed for primaries in June.

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Mitt and Ann Romney sat down in front of about 600 supporters and state delegates Thursday evening for a “living room” style chat, moderated by former Utah broadcaster Ruth Todd.

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U.S. Senate candidate Mitt Romney clarified his positions on immigration and DACA on Tuesday after online backlash.

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Mitt Romney earned more than $5.5 million over the past year and has a fortune worth up to $270 million, according to disclosure forms he filed Friday as part of his campaign for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah.

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After years of litigation, the Utah Republican Party was dealt another blow on Tuesday after a federal appeals court affirmed that Utah’s candidate nominating election law, known as S.B. 54, is constitutional.

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Recent gains by Democrats in special elections across the country have some Republicans worried about an anti-Trump wave come November. In Utah, a solidly red state, that looks less likely, but it hasn't stopped Democrats from fielding more candidates for statewide races.

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Thursday was the last day to file for candidacy in this year’s elections in Utah. Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney stopped by the State Capitol Thursday morning to file. Romney is hoping to nab the Senate seat currently held by Orrin Hatch, who’s retiring.

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The Utah Republican Party adopted a new rule last month that targets candidates who gather signatures to get on the primary ballot – and it only applies to two federal races. Now the Lt. Governor says he won’t allow the party to enforce the rule.

Today is the first day to file for candidacy for all state and federal races in Utah. In one of the more closely watched races, Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams filed paperwork this morning to unseat Congresswoman Mia Love.

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Utah lawmakers may take legislative action after the Utah Republican Party passed a controversial bylaw over the weekend.

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