Voters in Utah spoke loudly Tuesday evening, electing a Republican strongly aligned with former President Donald Trump and rebuking a moderate Democrat who never gained traction in the solidly conservative district.
Congresswoman-elect Celeste Maloy (R-UT) declared victory over Democratic State Senator Kathleen Riebe shortly after polls closed in an election that adds heft to the House GOP’s narrow governing majority. The race was held in the state’s 2nd Congressional District and was triggered by the resignation of former Republican Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT), for whom Maloy served as chief legal counsel.
The Associated Press called the race at 8:36pm after results showed Maloey leading Riebe 58 percent to 34 percent and winning 12 of the district’s 13 counties. Riebe only saw success in Democrat-heavy Salt Lake City, according to the Salt Lake Tribune.
“We did it! I have been running for this seat for six months and haven’t cried much,” she told supporters, fighting back tears Tuesday night. “I don’t think I’ll be able to make it anymore.”
“I’ve been really careful not to make a lot of promises because it’s tough to deliver on some of them,” she said. “But one thing I can promise is that I’m going to do everything I can to be the best representative of the people in Utah’s 2nd Congressional District.”