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The winner of the primary election faces former state Sen. Scott Howell, who defeated Pete Ashdown at the Utah Democratic Convention over the weekend. Mr. Howell highlighted his ability to work both sides of the aisle, noting that he was elected to the state Legislature in a predominantly Republican district.

In Utah, however, the Republican primary winner is considered all but a shoo-in for the general election, given the state’s strong conservative tilt and enormous Republican voter registration edge.