Utah County Attorney David Leavitt loses bid for reelection

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Posted at 10:33 PM, Jun 28, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-29 11:50:53-04

UTAH COUNTY, Utah — David Leavitt failed in his bid to be reelected as Utah County Attorney, conceding the race to challenger Jeff Gray late Tuesday, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.

The latest results as of Wednesday morning showed Gray leading with 73.08% of the popular vote with 44,688 votes, while Leavitt had 26.92% with 16,462 votes. Because there is no Democrat running for the position, Gray will assume the job as the county's top prosecutor.

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The embattled Leavitt had faced several controversies leading up to election day, with the county attorney clashing with the Utah County Sheriff's Office and Sheriff Mike Smith, in particular.

On Monday, a FOX 13 investigation showed a video that raised questions about Leavitt's adoption of a Native American child. In the video, Leavitt is seen discussing his "strategy” to adopt the baby, while allegedly taking advantage of his political influence to overcome a federal law designed to protect Native American children from being adopted by non-Native families.

Another Republican challenger, Utah County prosecutor Adam Pomeroy, dropped out of the race a few weeks before the primary to support Gray.

More numbers are expected to be released Wednesday afternoon, and the results will continue to be processed over the next several days before being finalized.