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UTPopulation: 2,995,919 (2015)

Filing deadline: March 17, 2016.

Primary: June 28, 2016.

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Utah (R+22) is one of the most conservative states in the Union and the only one with a majority of Mormons. It is 83% White and 11% Hispanic.

FEDERAL LEVEL

Electors: 6. Utah is solid state for the GOP in Presidential elections.

Sena­torer: 2 Republicans.

Orrin Hatch. (Pic: Congress)

Orrin Hatch. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 1: Orrin Hatch (R)
Committees: Finance (Chair), Health & Education, Judiciary.

Democratic nominee: ?
Republican nominee: Orrin Hatch

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2018.

Status, May 19, 2016:
Lawyer Orrin Hatch (b.1934) was first in 1976 and is currently President pro tempore of the Senate. He took 65% in 2012, and has hinted that this may be his last term.

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Mike Lee. (Pic: Congress)

Mike Lee. (Pic: Congress)

Senator class 3: Mike Lee (R)
Committees: Armed Force, Energy & Natural Resources, Judiciary.

Democratic nomineeMisty Snow
Republican nominee: Mike Lee

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
Lawyer Mike Lee (b.1971) beat the incumbent Republican in the primary in 2010 and took 62% in November. The Democrats nominated transgender activist Misty Snow.

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Representatives: 4 Representatives, all Republican.

Rob Bishop. (Pic: Congress)

Rob Bishop. (Pic: Congress)

District 1
Representative: Rob Bishop (R)
Committees: Natural Resources (Chair), Armed Forces.

Democratic nomineePeter Clemens
Republican nominee: Rob Bishop

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
The district (R+27) covers northern and northeastern parts, plus northern suburbs of Salt Lake City. It is 85% White and 10% Hispanic. Teacher and State Representative Rob Bishop (b.1951) was first elected in 2002 and took 64% in 2014. The Dems are running physician Peter Clemens, who lost the nomination in 2014.

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Chris Stewart. (Pic: Congress)

Chris Stewart. (Pic: Congress)

District 2
Representative: Chris Stewart (R)
Committees: Appropriations, Intelligence.

Democratic nomineeCharlene Albarran
Republican nominee: Chris Stewart

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
The district (R+18) covers the western half of the state as far north as Salt Lake City, which it includes most of. It is 81% White and 13% Hispanic. Veteran, author and businessman Chris Stewart (b.1960) was first elected in 2012 and took 60% in 2014. The Dems are running businesswoman Charlene Albarran.

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Jason Chaffetz. (Pic: Congress)

Jason Chaffetz. (Pic: Congress)

District 3
Representative: Jason Chaffetz (R)
Committees: Oversight (Chair), Judiciary.

Democratic nomineeStephen Tryon
Republican nominee: Jason Chaf­fetz

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
The district (R+18) includes most of the eastern and southeastern areas of the state, including parts of Provo and Salt Lake City. It is 86% White. Jason Chaffetz (b.1967) was first elected in 2008 and took 72% in 2014. The Dems are running businessman Stephen Tryon, who lost the nomination in 2014.

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Mia Love. (Pic: Congress)

Mia Love. (Pic: Congress)

District 4
Representative: Mia Love (R)
Committees: Financial Services.

Democratic nomineeDoug Owens
Republican nomineeMia Love

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Leans GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
The district (R+16) lies in central Utah and runs south to include southern parts of Salt Lake City and western parts of Provo. It is 79% White and 14% Hispanic. Mayor Mia Love (b.1975) won the seat on the second attempt, but took just over 50% in 2014 and is not safe. Lawyer Doug Owens is aiming for a rematch in 2016.

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STATE LEVEL

Gary Herbert. (Pic: State of UT)

Gary Herbert. (Pic: State of UT)

Governor: Gary Her­bert (R)

Democratic nomineeMike Weinholtz
Republican nominee: Gary Her­bert

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
Real estate broker and County Commissioner Gary Her­bert (b.1947) was promoted when then Governor Jon Huntsman was appointed ambassador in 2009. He won a special election in 2010 and took 69% in 2012. The Dems nominated businessman Mike Weinholtz.

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Spencer Cox. (Pic: State of UT)

Spencer Cox. (Pic: State of UT)

Lieutenant Governor: Spencer Cox (R)

Democratic nominee: Kim Bowman
Republican nominee: Spencer Cox

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
The LG is chosen by the gubernatorial nominee and elected on the same ticket. LG Spencer Cox (b.1975) is a lawyer and State Representative who was appointed to the office in October 2013. Weinholtz chose lawyer and university executive Kim Bowman as his running mate.

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David Damschen. (Pic: State of UT)

David Damschen. (Pic: State of UT)

Treasurer: David Damschen (R)

Democratic nomineeNeil Hansen
Republican nominee: David Damschen

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
Banker and Assistant Treasurer David Damschen was appointed to the office in late 2015. The Dems are running State Representative Neil Hansen.

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John Dougall. (Pic: State of UT)

John Dougall. (Pic: State of UT)

Auditor: John Dou­gall (R)

Democratic nominee: Mike Mitchell
Republican nominee: John Dou­gall

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
Engineer and businessman John Dou­gall (b.1966) served ten years in the State House before beating the incumbent State Auditor in the primary in 2012. He took 65% in November. The Dems are running Mike Mitchell.

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Sean Reyes. (Pic: State of UT)

Sean Reyes. (Pic: State of UT)

Attorney General: Sean Reyes (R)

Democratic nomineeJon Harper
Republican nomineeSean Reyes

Rating, May 19, 2016:
Safe GOP in 2016.

Status, Sep 2, 2016:
Lawyer Sean Reyes (b.1971) was first appointed to the job and then took 63% in a special election in 2014. The Dems are running lawyer Jon Harper.

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State Senate: 29 (4D / 23R / 2V). Term: 4 years. Half elected in 2016/18.
State House: 75 (15D / 60R). Term: 2 years. Elections in 2016.

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