Utah County is rather well-known in Utah for its strong Republican streak, and with a handful of races without opponents. However, during this midterm election there have still been several close races with voting percentages under 60 percent – while the large majority hover closer to 70 percent victory over their opponents. Here is a list, based on ballot counts from Nov. 9, of the tightest races across the county … and a few of the races won by the widest margins.
Provo Police, Fire and City Facilities Bond
As of Nov. 9 ballot counts, those against the bond totaled just 50.2 percent of the votes.
Orem Proposition 5
Orem's Proposition 5 voting for a zone change for high-density housing in a single plot of land had just 50.6 percent of the vote FOR the zone change, as of Nov. 9.
Alpine School Board Seat 3
Afa Palu has received 51.2 percent of the vote in the race for Alpine School Board's Seat 3 race.
Nebo School District Bond
The bond for Nebo School District to build out more high schools and middle schools, while not as close as the Provo bond, received 56.8 percent of the vote FOR the issuance of bonds.
Utah House District 64
The closest Utah House or Utah Senate race in Utah County is in House District 64 between incumbent Norm Thurston and challengers Daniel Craig Friend and Hal Miller. Thurston received just 58 percent of the vote. Some of the next closest Utah House or Senate races in Utah County received at least 10 percent higher.
Some of the races with the widest margins belong to Utah County government races and a few Utah House races:
- Utah House District 48: Keven Stratton received 87.9% of the vote
- Utah House District 59: Val Peterson received 84% of the vote
- Utah County Clerk: Amelia Powers received 83% of the vote
- Utah County Attorney: David Leavitt received 82% of the vote
- Utah County Commission Seat A: Tanner Ainge received 82% of the vote