Summit County voters buck state trend, support Democrats for guv, senate |

Summit County voters buck state trend, support Democrats for guv, senate

The majority of Summit County voters fall into Utah House District 53 and are represented by Republican Mel Brown. As of 11 p.m. Tuesday night, Brown had garnered a majority of the votes in Summit County (51.67 percent) and was leading the entire district with 59 percent of the vote to Democrat Glenn Wright’s 35 percent.

Summit County voters also sided with Democrat Joel Briscoe for Utah House Seat 25. With just 40 percent of the rest of the district reporting, Briscoe was leading Republican Rick Raile 67 to 32 percent. Briscoe was appointed to fill the remainder of Christine Johnson’s term when she left office. District 25 encompasses a swath of the east bench of Salt Lake City and a portion of the Snyderville Basin.

In other state races, Summit County voters chose Democratic candidate for governor Peter Corroon over incumbent Republican Governor Gary Herbert 52.85 percent to 44 percent, but elsewhere in the state Herbert was commanding a strong lead of 64 percent.

For state senator, local voters liked Democrat Paul Dowland more than incumbent Republican Kevin VanTassell. Dowland received 58.59 percent of the votes in Summit County but statewide the results were reversed. With 75 percent of precincts reporting VanTassell had 70 percent of the votes districtwide.

On the federal level, Summit County voters also picked Democrat Sam Granato over Republican Mike Lee for U.S. Senate but that will likely be overturned by the rest of the district.