2020 Republican primaries
July 6, 2020

Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox has won the state's Republican gubernatorial primary, defeating former Gov. Jon Huntsman.

The primary was held last Tuesday, and the race was called on Monday afternoon by The Associated Press. Cox has 36 percent of the vote, followed by Huntsman with 35 percent. In third place is former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, with 21 percent.

Huntsman was elected governor of Utah in 2004 and 2008, and later served as U.S. ambassador to China during the Obama administration. Most recently, he was President Trump's ambassador to Russia.

Cox, who has been lieutenant governor since 2013, received the endorsement of outgoing Gov. Gary Herbert (R). In November, Cox will face off against Democratic nominee Chris Peterson, an attorney and consumer advocate. Catherine Garcia

September 8, 2019

Add former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford (R) to the list.

Sanford announced Sunday that he will challenge President Trump in the Republican primaries, joining former Rep. Joe Walsh (R-Ill.) and former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld (R) in doing so. "I'm here to tell you now that I am going to get in," he told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday. "As a Republican Party, we have lost our way."

Sanford was long-rumored to launch a presidential campaign, which is likely to remain a long shot. Sanford will seemingly emphasize the increasing national debt and the need to cut back on deficit spending, though he also said he believes the country needs "to have a conversation about humility," indicating there will be a cultural aspect to the campaign, as well.

Sanford is not without his own past controversies, however — in 2009, while serving as governor, he disappeared for nearly a week, eventually admitting he was in Argentina having an extramarital affair. When asked about it by Wallace, Sanford explained he "profoundly apologized for that," which he said sets him apart from Trump. Read more at The Hill and Fox News. Tim O'Donnell

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