Attorney Celeste Maloy won the GOP special primary for Utah’s 2nd Congressional District, paving the way for her to replace Rep. Chris Stewart (R-UT) after he steps down from Congress later this month.
Maloy advanced to the general election with roughly 38% of the vote at the time the race was called, almost a day after the polls closed on Tuesday.
She won the Republican nomination during the state’s GOP convention in June but was forced into a primary election against former state Rep. Becky Edwards and former Utah GOP Chairman Bruce Hough after the two garnered enough signatures to appear on the ballot. Stewart endorsed Maloy, who served as chief legal counsel to the congressman.
If she wins, it will mark the first time since 1997 that a female candidate was elected to represent the 2nd Congressional District, which encompasses much of the western portion of the state, stretching from the outskirts of the Salt Lake City area down to St. George in the south.
Maloy is likely to win in the general election in November, as the seat