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Briscoe, Brown and VanTassell keep state Legislature posts

by Nan Chalat Noaker, Record editor

Summit County voters bucked statewide trends in the races for governor and U.S. senator by backing Democratic candidates Peter Corroon and Sam Granato, but saw their choices overturned in the statewide results.

In the state Legislature, Summit County voters picked incumbent Republican Mel Brown to continue representing House District 53 and Democrat Joel Briscoe for House seat 25. Both Brown and Briscoe also won their districts overall.

Brown received 51 percent of the vote in Summit County and districtwide went on to beat challenger Glenn Wright, a Park City Democrat, with 59 percent of the vote.

Summit County was more aligned with its surroundings in Congressional District 1. Local voters supported Republican incumbent Rob Bishop with 51 percent of the vote over Democrat Morgan Bowen. When the rest of the district was also tallied, Bishop had 69 percent of the votes.

In the race for state House Seat 25, which covers a swath of the East Bench in Salt Lake and a portion of the Snyderville Basin, Briscoe garnered 61 percent of the vote in Summit County and 71 percent of the whole district. His unsuccessful challenger was Republican Rick Raile.

On the senate side of the state Legislature,Summit County favored Democrat Paul Dowland for District 26 with 58 percent of the vote, but in the final count of the entire district which includes Vernal and Duchesne, VanTassell earned 71 percent of the vote.

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In the governor’s race, 52 percent of Summit County voters backed Democrat Peter Corroon but he was defeated statewide by incumbent Governor Gary Herbert who locked in 64 percent of Utah’s electorate.

It was a similar story in the U.S. Senate race for District 1 which covers Summit County. Local voters would have sent Democrat Sam Granato to D.C., but the rest of the district swayed the results ver to the Republican, Mike Lee. Locally Granato had 53 percent of the votes but districtwide, Lee gained 61 percent.