GOP retains firm control of Utah Legislature

Nov 7 2012 - 10:54am

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Utah governor Gary Herbert gives his victory speech during election night party for the Republicans at the Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Herbert had faced Democratic challenger Peter Cooke. (AP Photo/Salt Lake Tribune, Steve Griffin)
Utah governor Gary Herbert gives his victory speech during election night party for the Republicans at the Hilton Hotel in Salt Lake City, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2012. Herbert had faced Democratic challenger Peter Cooke. (AP Photo/Salt Lake Tribune, Steve Griffin)

SALT LAKE CITY -- Republicans have retained firm control of the Utah Legislature.

 

Unofficial results show the GOP slightly padded its commanding majorities Tuesday in both the House and Senate.

Incumbents fared well but an exception was state Rep. Christine Watkins, D-Price, who lost to Republican Jerry Anderson.

Rep. Mark Wheatley, D-Murray, won re-election, but his wife, Josie Valdez, lost her Senate bid. The two were trying to become the first husband-wife team elected to the Utah Legislature at the same time.

Before the election, Republicans held a 22-7 edge in the Senate and a 58-17 majority in the House.

Thirteen GOP legislative candidates ran unopposed, while six others faced opposition from only minor-party candidates.

 

 

 

 

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