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John Curtis takes early lead in 3rd Congressional District special election

November 8, 2017

Preliminary numbers released just after 8 p.m. Tuesday show Provo Mayor John Curtis with a large lead in the race for the 3rd Congressional District.

Numbers released Tuesday night, after polls closed, showed Curtis with nearly 60 percent of the vote over Democratic opponent Kathie Allen, who received approximately 25 percent of the vote.

United Utah Candidate Jim Bennett, who is the son of former U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett, is in a distant third with just over 9 percent of the vote.

The preliminary numbers include numbers from two of the seven counties in the 3rd Congressional District, Salt Lake and Utah counties, a total of nearly 90,000 votes.

Curtis has been the heavy favorite in the race ever since winning a hotly-contested primary race in August against fellow Republicans Chris Herrod and Tanner Ainge.

The special election was put in place after Congressman Jason Chaffetz resigned his position in June, citing wanting to spend more time with his family. He now works as a contributor for Fox News.

For full election results from all Utah County cities, visit heraldextra.com/election.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.