Republican Celeste Maloy was projected to win a Thanksgiving-week particular election for the open U.S. Home seat in Utah left vacant by her former boss, Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah), based on Determination Desk HQ.
She beat out state Sen. Kathleen Riebe (D), the No. 2 Democrat within the Utah Senate, holding the Utah second congressional district seat in Republican palms.
Maloy and Riebe have been vying to fill the Home emptiness after Stewart resigned earlier this 12 months, citing issues for his spouse’s well being. Maloy beforehand labored for Stewart’s congressional workplace as chief authorized counsel.
The Republican candidate was largely anticipated to win the seat on Tuesday, given her hyperlink to Stewart and the GOP’s success within the state. Former President Trump received Utah in each 2016 and 2020, and voters within the second congressional district had voted Stewart in to 6 phrases in workplace.
However Maloy has additionally been confronted with some controversy within the state as a result of she didn’t forged a poll within the 2020 and 2022 elections, based on reporting from The Salt Lake Tribune.
Maloy will be part of Utah’s three different Home lawmakers, all Republican, and its two GOP senators within the state’s congressional delegation.
The district spans a lot of the western and southern components of the state, plus northern Salt Lake Metropolis. Fox 13 South Lake Metropolis reported early Tuesday that voter turnout within the particular election was notably low, with the race falling simply two days earlier than Thanksgiving.
“Put your frozen turkey within the fridge, then get in your automobile, drive to your native dropbox, & return your poll,” stated Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson (R) on X.
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