Danielle Demarco drops off her primary ballot at Murray City Hall in Murray on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. | Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News
Gubernatorial candidates gathering with mostly small groups of supporters to await 10 p.m. release of results
SALT LAKE CITY — Utah polls — or more precisely in the COVID-19 era — vote drop-off sites closed at 8 p.m., and now candidates who would normally be cheering or hiding after an initial release of results immediately after voting ends will have to wait until 10 p.m. to learn their fate.
And even then, many do not believe winners will be called as many mail-in ballots are being quarantined and others have yet to arrive because of election changes made in light of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
In the battle for the GOP nomination for governor, polls showed Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox and former Gov. Jon Huntsman locked in a close battle, trailed by former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes and former Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright.
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Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, left, former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and former Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright participate a Utah gubernatorial Republican primary debate at the PBS Utah studio at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Monday, June 1, 2020.
Both Cox and Huntsman told reporters Tuesday while votes were still being cast that they doubted the race will be decided when first results are released late Tuesday night.
Four Republican candidates are waiting to see who gets to face Democratic Rep. Ben McAdams in the 4th Congressional District in November’s election.
Six total candidates — four Republicans and two Democrats — are looking for answers on who voters picked to face off in the open 1st Congressional District, being vacated by retiring Republican Congressman Rob Bishop.
Republican voters are also deciding whether incumbent Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes will advance to the November ballot.
In addition to the party races between candidates for the statewide and federal offices, voters will set the November ballot in many legislative races as well as for the State School Board and some county offices.
And while polling stations are closed, voters who want to mail in their selection still can do so as long as the ballot is postmarked Tuesday.
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