- Associated Press - Saturday, April 26, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Republican Chris Stewart has avoided a primary challenge and secured his party’s nomination for his bid at a second term in Congress.

Stewart received nearly 68 percent of the votes of delegates at the Utah Republican Party’s nominating convention on Saturday.

He was being challenged by a trio of opponents in the convention: Larry Meyers, Zachary Hartman and Vaughn Hatton.

They secured about 22 percent, 5 percent and 6 percent, respectively.

Stewart, a former Air Force pilot and author, was elected in 2012.

He will face Democrat and state senator Luz Robles, who was unopposed for her party’s nomination.

The 2nd Congressional District covers Salt Lake City and western and south-central parts of Utah.

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