Republican delegates at a convention in West Valley City, Utah, tried on Saturday, April 21 to choose a Senate candidate for the seat that Orrin Hatch is vacating. Their efforts simply narrowed the field from twelve to two: Mitt Romney (former Massachusetts Governor and the national party’s 2016 candidate for President) and Mike Kennedy (state representative from district 27, located just due north of Provo.)
The rules of the state Republican Party require that the balloting continue until the leading candidate wins at least 40% of the votes of the delegates. But if the winning candidate doesn’t get at least 60%, and another candidate gets 40% or more, then first and second place candidates must face off in a primary.
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The first ballot eliminated all but the two leading contenders. In the second ballot at the convention, Kennedy won 51% of the vote, Romney 49%. So both advance to the primary, in June.