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Hatch wins Republican primary
Sen. Orrin Hatch won the hotly contested Republican Primary for the U.S. Senate seat from Utah by beating challenger Dan Liljenquist by a 2-1 majority. Hatch received 146,414 votes (67%) to 73,687 (33%) for Liljenquist. In Kane County, Hatch had 780 votes (64%) to 448 for Liljenquist (36%).
In the presidential race, Mitt Romney garnered 93% of the vote to dominate over second place finisher Ron Paul’s 5%. In Kane County, Romney received 90% of the vote, with Paul picking up 6%.
In the race for Attorney General to fill departing Mark Shurtleff’s job, John Swallow won big over challenger Sean Reyes. Swallow picked up 143,126 votes (68%) to Reyes 67,270 (32%). In Kane County, Swallow had an even bigger percentage, with 76% of the votes, while Reyes had 24%.
For State Auditor, challenger John Dougall won a tight race over incumbent Auston Johnson. Dougall had 105,635 votes (54%) to 90,332 votes for Johnson (46%). In Kane County, Johnson received more votes, edging Dougall 53% to 47%.
In the race for State Senate District 24, Ralph Okerlund beat Patrick Painter. Okerlund had 7251 votes (61%) to Painter’s 4593 (39%). The race was a statistical dead heat in Kane County, where Painter had 584 votes to Okerlund’s 577. But Okerlund dominated in Beaver County 77%, Garfield County 72%, Millard County 64%, Piute County 76%, Sevier County 70%, Utah County 68%, and Wayne County 84%.
The Proposition for the Issuance of Bonds totaling $2,119,000 for a new sewer system in Big Water was defeated 112-70, or 62% to 38%.
There were 1386 ballots cast in Kane County, or 37.46% of the registered 3700 voters.
Let’s hope there is a better turnout for the General Election in November