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Curtis Wins GOP Primary for Chaffetz Seat

Provo Mayor John Curtis (R) declared victory in the Republican primary Tuesday night against his two staunchly conservative rivals in the special election to replace retired Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R), the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

“The congressional primary, unlike most races in the past year, has not been defined by the candidates’ alignment with the president. Instead, the GOP runoff has been a race to the right, an attempt to establish the most conservative credentials in a state where voters were largely unsettled by Trump’s campaign.”

Chaffetz Will Not Seek Re-Election

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) will not seek re-election in 2018, two sources who have been informed of his decision tell BuzzFeed News.

His statement on Facebook: “For those that would speculate otherwise, let me be clear that I have no ulterior motives. I am healthy. I am confident I would continue to be re-elected by large margins. I have the full support of Speaker Ryan to continue as Chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee. That said, I have made a personal decision to return to the private sector.”