Utah gubernatorial election, 2004

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Utah gubernatorial election, 2004
Utah
2000 ←
November 2, 2004 → 2008

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Nominee Jon Huntsman, Jr. Scott Matheson, Jr.
Party Republican Party Democratic Party
Running mate Gary Herbert Karen Hale
Popular vote 531,190 380,359
Percentage 57.7% 41.4%

Governor before election

Olene S. Walker
Republican Party

Elected Governor

Jon Huntsman, Jr.
Republican Party

The Utah gubernatorial election in 2004 took place November 2, 2004. Huntsman won the election, carrying 25 of the 29 counties, winning 57.7% of the overall vote.

Background[edit]

In March 2003, Huntsman resigned his post in the Bush administration. In mid-August, three term incumbent Governor Mike Leavitt, whom Huntsman strongly supported, decided not to run for re-election to a fourth term, in order to become the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency under the Bush administration.[1][2][3] Shortly thereafter, Huntsman filed papers to run for Governor of Utah.[4] In November 2003, Lieutenant Governor Olene S. Walker became the Utah's first female governor as Leavitt was confirmed to become EPA Administrator.[5]

Democratic nomination[edit]

Scott Matheson, Jr. entered the race on March 27, 2004.[6] He won the May Democratic nomination unopposed.[7]

Republican primary[edit]

Convention[edit]

Candidates
Results
Republican Convention results[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jon Huntsman Jr. 1,707 30.1%
Republican Nolan E. Karras 1,622 28.6%
Republican Fred D. Lampropoulos 903 15.9%
Republican Olene S. Walker (Incumbent) 549 9.7%
Republican Marty Stephens 465 8.2%
Republican James V. Hansen 297 5.2%
Republican Parley Hellewell 122 1.2%
Republican Gary Benson 4 0.1%

Primary[edit]

Candidates
Campaign

Huntsman gained the endorsements from U.S. Senator Jake Garn[9] and former U.S. President George H. W. Bush.[10] Polls showed he was the front-runner.

Results
Republican primary results[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Jon Huntsman Jr. 102,955 66.4%
Republican Nolan Karras 52,048 33.6%

General election[edit]

Candidates[edit]

Campaign[edit]

Jon Huntsman Jr., a former advisor for U.S. Presidents Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, and George W. Bush and son of industrialist Jon Huntsman, Sr.--the founder of Huntsman Chemical Corporation-- filed papers to run for governor in September 2003.[12] Jason Chaffetz was his campaign manager. In April 2004, Utah County Commissioner Gary Herbert decided to drop out of the Republican nomination and become Huntsman's running mate.[13] Herbert helped Huntsman with the rural community.[14] Huntsman campaigned on eliminating the sales tax on food[15] and on ethics reform. He proposed that lawmakers have to disclose all their gifts, they have to report monthly their campaign contributions, and they can't work as lobbyists immediately after leaving state government.[16] Huntsman opposed President Bush's No Child Left Behind Act. He said he would leave a label on the door of the governor's office "Economic Development Czar" if he's elected.

U.S. Attorney, former Harvard University professor, and dean of the University of Utah law school Scott Matheson, Jr. won the Democratic nomination unopposed. He is the son of former Utah Governor Scott Matheson who was also the last Democrat to be elected governor of the red state of Utah. He made education the number one priority. He explained how better schools would attract new business. In one television ad, he called himself "Utah's Education Governor."[17] He criticized Huntsman for supporting school choice reform.[18]

Polling[edit]

In a March Deseret Morning News/KSL-TV poll, Matheson was leading all the Republicans running for the nomination except for Huntsman and Walker.[19] An early September Jones poll showed Huntsman leading 49%-39%.[20] An October 6 Salt Lake Tribune poll showed Huntsman leading 49%-33%.[21] An October 7 Deseret Morning News/KSL-TV poll showed Huntsman only leading 49%-40%.[22] An October 29 Salt Lake Tribune poll showed Huntsman leading 50%-36%.[23]

Fundraising[edit]

Huntsman raised a little over $3.5 million. Nearly $950,000 of the money raised was from his own personal loans and from family donations. He also raised 100,000 from the Republican Governors Association. Matheson raised almost $2.0 million. About one-fourth of Matheson's funds came from political committees, including $325,000 from the Democratic Governors Association.[24]

Results[edit]

Utah gubernatorial election, 2004[25]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Party Jon Huntsman, Jr. 531,190 57.74% +1.97%
Democratic Scott Matheson, Jr. 380,359 41.35% -0.92%
Personal Choice Ken Larsen 8,399 0.91%
Write-ins 12 0.00%
Majority 150,831 16.40% +2.89%
Turnout 919,960
Republican hold Swing

References[edit]

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  4. ^ "Huntsman Jr. files campaign papers". Deseret News. 2003-09-11. Retrieved 2011-10-04. 
  5. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/525035968/Walker-sworn-in-as-Utahs-first-female-governor.html
  6. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/595052120/Scott-Matheson-enters-race-for-governor.html
  7. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/595062009/No-Demo-runoffs-protest-targets-Rep-Matheson.html
  8. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=7060
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  10. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/595070455/Bush-Sr-backs-Huntsman.html
  11. ^ http://www.ourcampaigns.com/RaceDetail.html?RaceID=87523
  12. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/510053399/Huntsman-Jr-files-campaign-papers.html
  13. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/595057688/Huntsman-Herbert-join-forces.html
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  17. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/595090716/Huntsman-and-Matheson-target-education.html
  18. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/595099466/Rhetoric-growing-sharper-in-gubernatorial-campaign.html
  19. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/595052120/Scott-Matheson-enters-race-for-governor.html
  20. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/595090764/Mathesons-on-the-march.html
  21. ^ Harrie, Dan (October 6, 2004). Salt Lake Tribune, The http://nl.newsbank.com/nl-search/we/Archives?p_product=SLTB&p_theme=sltb&p_action=search&p_maxdocs=200&p_topdoc=1&p_text_direct-0=1059AC9CBA082E83&p_field_direct-0=document_id&p_perpage=10&p_sort=YMD_date:D&s_trackval=GooglePM |url= missing title (help). 
  22. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/595096372/Matheson-inches-closer.html
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  24. ^ http://www.deseretnews.com/article/595101078/Matheson-mild-attack-ad-criticized.html
  25. ^ http://elections.utah.gov/2004_canvass_governor.pdf

See also[edit]

Election Results - Utah Lieutenant Governor's Office