2022 United States Senate election in Utah

election for senator from Utah

The 2022 United States Senate election in Utah was held on November 8, 2022. The election was between Republican nominee Mike Lee and independent candidate Evan McMullin. Mike Lee won the election.[1]

2022 United States Senate election in Utah

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  Mike Lee, official portrait (cropped).jpg Evan McMullin October 2019.png
Nominee Mike Lee Evan McMullin
Party Republican Independent
Alliance Democratic
United Utah

U.S. senator before election

Mike Lee
Republican

Elected U.S. senator

Mike Lee
Republican

This was the first Senate election in Utah's history where there was no Democratic nominee.

Republican primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

Republican candidates[a]

Did not fileEdit

WithdrawnEdit

DeclinedEdit

ResultsEdit

Republican primary results[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Becky Edwards
Republican Ally Isom
Republican Mike Lee (incumbent)
Total votes

Democratic conventionEdit

The Utah Democratic Party state convention took place on April 23, 2022.[17] However, as opposed to nominating Kael Weston, the only Democrat running in the convention, the party chose to support Evan McMullin's independent campaign, following encouragement from many Democrats in the state, including former Rep. Ben McAdams and Salt Lake County Mayor Jenny Wilson.[18]

CandidatesEdit

Eliminated at conventionEdit

Did not fileEdit

  • Austin Searle, musician[20]

WithdrewEdit

DeclinedEdit

Convention voteEdit

The Utah Democratic Party held a state convention on April 23, 2022. At here they endorsed candidates for state offices.[26][27][28] Supporters of Evan McMullin, led by Salt Lake County mayor Jenny Wilson, introduced a motion for the state party to forgo nominating a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate and to instead "join Evan McMullin’s independent coalition to beat Mike Lee".[27] They contended that not doing so would split the anti-Lee vote in the general election.[27][28] The motion was opposed by supporters of Kael Weston, the lone Democratic candidate for the seat who thus would have received the nomination had the motion failed.[28] The delegates passed the motion by a 57%–43% margin.[27][28]

Motion to endorse independent candidate Evan McMullin[28]
Option Votes %
  Yes 782 56.83%
  No 594 43.17%
Total 1,376 100.00%

Libertarian primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

ResultsEdit

Libertarian primary results[16]
Party Candidate Votes %
Libertarian Lucky Bovo
Libertarian James Hansen
Total votes

Independent American primaryEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

  • Tommy Williams, perennial candidate[29]

IndependentsEdit

CandidatesEdit

DeclaredEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. The images in this gallery are in the public domain or are otherwise free to use. This gallery should not be construed as a list of major or noteworthy candidates. If a candidate is not included in this gallery, it is only because there are no high-quality, copyright-free photographs of them available on the Internet.
  1. Metz, Sam (November 8, 2022). "Utah Republican Mike Lee wins reelection to US Senate". Associated Press.
  2. Vandenack, Tim (February 10, 2022). "WSU prof vying for US Senate switches to GOP, cites McMullin entry". Standard-Examiner.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "A stampede of candidates running for office as Utah's filing period ends". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved March 9, 2022.
  4. "Edwards to challenge Lee for U.S. Senate seat". Fox 13 News. May 27, 2021. Archived from the original on May 27, 2021. Retrieved May 27, 2021.
  5. Vandenack, Tim (March 1, 2022). "US Senate hopeful Kael Weston says his candidacy gives voters a choice". Standard-Examiner.
  6. "Meet Ally Isom, the latest Republican seeking to defeat Utah Sen. Mike Lee in 2022". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on July 15, 2021. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  7. Schott, Bryan (February 9, 2021). "In fundraising appeal, Sen. Mike Lee claims the anti-Trump Lincoln Project is gunning for him next year". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on March 9, 2021. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  8. "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived (PDF) from the original on July 15, 2021. Retrieved February 24, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  9. 9.0 9.1 "US Senate candidate Becky Edwards visits Southern Utah during campaign to unseat Mike Lee". St George News. November 24, 2021.
  10. "Ty Jensen Pledges to Support Term Limits on Congress". U.S. Term Limits. November 10, 2021. Retrieved January 18, 2022.
  11. Richards, Connor (March 8, 2021). "Utah County Republican announces 2022 U.S. Senate run". Daily Herald. Archived from the original on March 16, 2021. Retrieved May 16, 2021. Brendan Wright, of Lehi, announced on Saturday, March 6 that he is running in 2022 for the U.S. Senate seat currently filled by Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
  12. 12.0 12.1 Schott, Bryan (April 5, 2021). "A way too early look at the 2022 U.S. Senate race in Utah and Sen. Mike Lee's possible challengers". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on April 19, 2021. Retrieved May 16, 2021.
  13. Epstein, Harrison (January 31, 2022). "Edwards campaign gathering signatures across state for Senate run". Standard-Examiner. Daily Herald. Archived from the original on January 31, 2022. Retrieved February 9, 2022.
  14. Webb, LaVarr (March 8, 2021). "Analysis: GOP hopefuls are testing the water against Mike Lee in 2022". Utah Policy. Archived from the original on March 8, 2021. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  15. Webb, LaVarr (March 12, 2021). "Opinion briefs: Senate race attracts a crowd . . . National monuments battle . . . federalism & minimum wage". Utah Policy. Archived from the original on March 14, 2021. Retrieved March 15, 2021.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "2022 Candidate Filings". Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Utah. Retrieved February 28, 2022.
  17. "County Conventions". Utah Democratic Party. Retrieved March 31, 2022.
  18. McKellar, Katie [@KatieMcKellar1] (April 24, 2022). "BREAKING: | Option 1, to nominate @KaelWeston got 595 votes. | Option 2, to join @EvanMcMullin got over 700 votes. | @UtahDemocrats delegates have voted to NOT put forth own candidate #utpol" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  19. "Kael Weston: Utah's people and land deserve better protections". The Salt Lake Tribune. January 27, 2022.
  20. "Austin Searle isn't challenging Sen. Mike Lee and says viral tweet wasn't 'grifting'". The Salt Lake Tribune. March 10, 2022.
  21. "He's Black. He's a returned missionary. He's LGBTQ. And he's challenging Utah Sen. Mike Lee". Desert News. October 6, 2021. Archived from the original on October 7, 2021. Retrieved October 7, 2021.
  22. https://twitter.com/AllenBGlines/status/1501305985545039872?t=UxcWUzEoI5AyT5vftGAZbg&s=19
  23. "Utah Rep. Ben McAdams warns Democrats not to move too far to the left". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on January 21, 2021. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  24. "Opinion: Why we support Evan McMullin for the U.S. Senate". Deseret News. November 7, 2021.
  25. "Founder of anti-Trump Lincoln Project registers as a Utah Democrat". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on January 22, 2021. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  26. Whitehurst, Lindsay (April 23, 2022). "Utah Democrats back independent as US Senate candidate". Associated Press. Archived from the original on April 24, 2022. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  27. 27.0 27.1 27.2 27.3 Bojórquez, Kim (April 23, 2022). "Utah Democrats back independent Evan McMullin for U.S. Senate in a historic vote". The Salt Lake Tribune. Archived from the original on April 24, 2022. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 28.4 McKellar, Katie (April 23, 2022). "How bad do Utah Democrats want Mike Lee out? Bad enough to ditch their own nominee and back Evan McMullin instead". Deseret News. Archived from the original on April 24, 2022. Retrieved April 24, 2022.
  29. "2022 Candidate Filings - Lieutenant Governor's Office: Elections". elections.utah.gov. Retrieved March 17, 2022.
  30. Forgey, Quint (October 5, 2021). "Evan McMullin announces Utah Senate bid". POLITICO. Archived from the original on October 5, 2021. Retrieved October 5, 2021.