Chris Herrod concedes to John Curtis in GOP Primary for Utah’s Third Congressional District

John Curtis gives a speech following the Republican Primary for Utah's Third Congressional District.

SALT LAKE CITY — Chris Herrod has conceded in the Republican Primary for Utah’s Third Congressional District, offering his congratulations to Provo Mayor John Curtis.

In a statement released Friday, Curtis said a congratulatory call from Herrod came following the release of additional ballot numbers from Tuesday’s primary.

The full statement reads:

“Chris Herrod has just called and graciously conceded. I’m grateful and humbled by the support of the Republican voters in Utah’s third district. Leading up to November 7th, our campaign will focus on uniting not only Republicans in the district but all residents behind our message. The message is the same as it was for our pioneer ancestors: using principles of industry, thrift, hard work and personal responsibility, we can tackle all of our country’s difficult problems and get things done.”

Curtis secured 42 percent of the vote as of Tuesday night, but Herrod remained in the race until Friday when additional ballot numbers were released.

Herrod stated Friday that he delayed his concession “only to ensure each ballot was counted” and said Curtis won a great campaign and is the “clear winner.”

“I wish John the best, and much luck,” Herrod stated. “I am sure he will represent the Republican Party well. Concurrently, I extend my well wishes to Tanner Ainge and his family.”

The full statement from Herrod is available at the bottom of this post.

Curtis will face Democratic challenger Dr. Kathie Allen along with United Utah Party candidate Jim Bennett, Libertarian candidate Joe Buchman and others. The special election will fill the vacancy created when Jason Chaffetz resigned.

The full statement from Herrod is as follows:

“With the votes now tabulated in Utah County, I extend my congratulations to John Curtis on his victory in the Third Congressional District race. Knowing how close the CD3 race would be, I delayed my concession only to ensure each ballot was counted. John ran a great campaign and he is the clear winner. I wish John the best, and much luck. I am sure he will represent the Republican Party well. Concurrently, I extend my well wishes to Tanner Ainge and his family.

I ran for Congress because of my deep love for America and for the great state of Utah. Winning or losing an election will never change the gratitude I carry in my conservative heart for our forefathers and for their sacrifice and dedication to our country. I also want to thank the hundreds of volunteers and staff that worked tirelessly on my campaign, as well as the donors who contributed. I am truly humbled by their support. Lastly, I want to thank my family, especially my wife, Alia, for the support, love, and sacrifices they have given over the last three months.”