The Hinckley Institute for Politics at the University of Utah and the Salt Lake Tribune newspaper conducted a statewide survey of Republican voters to test the candidates vying to succeed retiring Gov. Gary Herbert (R). The poll (1/15-24; 311 UT registered GOP voters) finds Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox barely leading former Rep. Jason Chaffetz. The results find Cox holding only a 28-27% lead over Mr. Chaffetz. Following is Rep. Rob Bishop (R-Brigham City) with 10%, and Attorney General Sean Reyes, and ex-state House Speaker Greg Hughes trailing with 4% apiece.
The sample size is small, but the idea that Messrs. Cox and Chaffetz are virtually tied appears to be a reasonable polling conclusion. Gov. Herbert, while not completely ruling out running for a third full term, has already hosted a fundraising event for Lt. Gov. Cox.
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