Southern Utah sees low voter turn out; Primary Election results

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ST. GEORGE – Utah’s Primary Election 2012 results for Federal, State, and district seats for Iron and Washington Counties, according to the state’s website at  12:20 a.m.*, are set forth below.

Voter turnout was low. Votes cast from Southern Utah, reported thus far, were 5,548 for Iron County and 14,279 for Washington County.

It is no surprise that Mitt Romney took the Republication nomination for the U.S. presidential race. At the bottom of the pile in that race in Utah was Fred Karger who, despite his last ditch three-week campaign push in Utah – which focused more on a gay rights agenda than pursuit of the U.S. Presidency – garnered only 0.25 percent of the vote.

The much publicized race between Dan Liljenquist and Orrin Hatch was not, in the end, close. The senior senator will run for another term. Liljenquist issued his statement of congratulations and assurance of support earlier this evening.

And the incumbent state senator, Casey Anderson, will not have a chance to seek another term in November, as his opponent Evan Vickers took the GOP nomination two to one.

Anderson posted on his own Facebook sometime around 12:30 a.m. “Glad to have run a hard clean race on the record. I called and congratulated my opponent.”

The election results* are:









Republican Candidate for President

Mitt Romney

 93.03% 202,013

Ron Paul

 4.71%   10,221

Rick Santorum

 1.52%    3,308

Newt Gingrich

 0.49%    1,066

Fred Karger

 0.25%      539

Republican Candidate for U.S. Senate

Orrin Hatch

 66.48% 143,939

Dan Liljenquist

 33.52%   72,567





Constitution Party Candidate for Governor

Kirk Pearson

 66.12%   2,061

Brandon Nay

 33.88%   1,056

Republican Candidate for Attorney General

John Swallow

 68% 140,727

Sean Reyes

 32%   66,227

Republican Candidate for State Auditor

John Dougall

 53.82% 103,719

Auston Johnson

 46.18%   88,992

State Senate




Republican Candidate for State Senate District 28

Evan Vickers  63.74%   6,529
Casey Anderson  36.26%   3,714

State House

Republican Candidate for House District 72




John R. Westwood

 66.98%   2,679

Matthew Carling

 33.02%   1,321

Iron County

Republican Candidate for Iron County Commission

Alma Adams



David Miller

 44.34%   2,362
School Board District 2
Shane Adams  27.50%     382
Trisha Bentley Robb  18.37%     269

Ben Johnson  17.93%     249

Ember Kerr

 14.25%     198

S. Mark Florence

 20.95%     291
Washington County

Local School Board District 3

Aaron D. Randall  1,105
Debbra Zockoll  1,002


*Delivery of data is partially a manual process and final results may see some variation, despite the state’s reported results reflecting 100 percent precincts in.  Additional absentee ballots to be counted, any recounts, and canvassing may alter the results reflected in this report.

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1 Comment

  • Tyler June 27, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    Psshhh…So. Utah never votes, cuz they’re sheep and do as they’re told. So they can’t complain!

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