SALT LAKE CITY — Republican Spencer Cox was elected Utah's newest governor Tuesday after he defeated Democrat Chris Peterson with about 64 percent of the vote.
Cox, who has served as lieutenant governor since 2013, will replace Gov. Gary Herbert who chose to retire at the end of his term. Utah Sen. Deidre Henderson will be Cox's lieutenant governor.
Peterson reflected on his campaign season and said in a statement:
"I want to thank my family, staff, volunteers, and all of my supporters from the bottom of my heart. Traveling around this state, hearing Utahns’ stories, and standing up for working families during this campaign has been an honor.
"I’m proud that we ran an ethical race focused on policy issues. This campaign was about building a new beginning for the Democratic Party in Utah. My name was on the ballot, but this was never about me. It was about fighting to make a positive difference in the daily lives of working people.
"I also want to thank my lieutenant governor running mate Karina Brown. She has been an inspiration to me and to Utahns across the state.
"I thank my opponent, Lieutenant Governor Cox, for running a respectful campaign, and I wish him the very best in leading our state towards a brighter future."