Speed Reads

2017 Elections

Republican John Curtis wins open U.S. House seat in Utah

Democrats had a heady election night on the East Coast on Tuesday, but in the race to replace retired Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), the Republican won. Provo Mayor John Curtis handily beat two other candidates — Democrat Kathryn Allen and third-party centrist Jim Bennett, a son of former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett — in a district where Republicans outnumber Democrats five to one. None of the candidates voted for President Trump, but Curtis said he supports much of Trump's agenda. He also promised to serve all his constituents.

"If you're not white, Mormon, or male, I am still here for you," said Curtis, 57, in his victory speech. "Those who know me best know that it doesn't matter if you're 9 or 90, rich or poor, gay or straight, Mormon or atheist, Navajo or Caucasian." Allen, a doctor, had jumped in to challenge Chaffetz before he unexpectedly stepped down. Curtis will have to run again in 2018.