Midterms Live results

By Li Zhou and Ryan Mark

Utah results for every midterm race

The big story in Utah is Mitt Romney’s return to politics.

Former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Romney is vying for Sen. Orrin Hatch’s open Senate seat, and he’s strongly expected to win it. Romney is facing Salt Lake County Council member Jenny Wilson, a Democrat, and he’s consistently been leading her by double digits, according to numerous polls.

Even before he swept the Republican primary in June, Romney was far and away viewed as the favorite — so much so that Hatch had said he would retire if Romney committed to running. While he’s previously been a relatively vocal critic of Trump, Romney has notably taken a different tack since the launch of his Senate campaign.

Utah’s Fourth Congressional District could also be the scene of some fireworks and a possible Democratic pick-up. Cook Political Report has rated the district a “Toss Up,” and incumbent Republican Rep. Mia Love is up against a particularly strong Democratic challenger in Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, who has been catching up to her in the polls.

Utah voters will also consider several key ballot initiatives that will determine whether patients can obtain a medical marijuana card to purchase weed through privately-run vendors and whether the state will decide to streamline a possible expansion for Medicaid.

Unsurprisingly, Republicans control both chambers of Utah’s state Legislature. Daily Kos rates it as a safe Republican hold.

President Donald Trump is not that well liked in a Republican state like Utah, perhaps because of the state’s strong Mormon bent. His disapproval rating is at 50 percent, according to Morning Consult.

Utah US Senate

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
GOP Mitt Romney 653,884 63%
DEM Jenny Wilson 317,777 31%
OTH Tim Aalders (Constitution Party) 28,193 3%
LIB Craig Bowden 26,593 3%
OTH Reed McCandless (Independent American Party) 11,813 1%
2,703 of 2,933 (92%) precincts reporting, 1,038,260 total votes

Utah US House 1

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
GOP Rob Bishop 154,685 62%
DEM Lee Castillo 61,794 25%
OTH Eric Eliason (United Utah Party) 29,120 12%
GRN Adam Davis 4,604 2%
722 of 773 (93%) precincts reporting, 250,203 total votes

Utah US House 2

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
GOP Chris Stewart 147,556 57%
DEM Shireen Ghorbani 100,285 38%
LIB Jeffrey Whipple 12,770 5%
678 of 716 (95%) precincts reporting, 260,611 total votes

Utah US House 3

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
GOP John Curtis 173,732 68%
DEM James Singer 69,387 27%
OTH Timothy Zeidner (United Utah Party) 6,562 3%
OTH Gregory Duerden (Independent American Party) 6,546 3%
675 of 769 (88%) precincts reporting, 256,227 total votes

Utah US House 4

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
GOP Mia Love 131,230 50%
DEM Ben McAdams 129,714 50%
658 of 675 (97%) precincts reporting, 260,944 total votes

Utah State Ballot Measure UT Prop 2

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
Affirmative 543,559 52%
No 496,893 48%
2,797 of 2,933 (95%) precincts reporting, 1,040,452 total votes

Utah State Referendum UT Prop 3

Updated Nov 19, 2018, 5:11pm EST
Affirmative 540,402 53%
No 477,218 47%