Commentary by Richard Piatt KSL-TV If you watched results of the presidential election unfold on television this past Tuesday, as most people did, it was probably just a little like watching a competitive sports game, full of suspense and anticipation. Then the moment of truth: The inevitable elation, or deep-sinking feeling, depending on which candidate you supported. It was one of those rare nights where most in the … Continue reading»

Governor Gary Herbert easily wins in Utah

SALT LAKE CITY — Republican Gov. Gary Herbert has won his race to serve his first full term in office. Herbert had faced Democratic challenger Peter Cooke and was the heavy favorite in a state that has not elected a Democratic governor since Scott Matheson in 1980. Cooke is a retired Army general. The 65-year-old Herbert became governor in 2009 when then-Gov. Jon Huntsman joined the Obama administration … Continue reading»

On Tuesday night all the national election-night TV broadcasts displayed up-to-the-minute totals of electoral votes for the presidential race pitting Mitt Romney against Barack Obama. Each time a news anchor “called a state” for Romney or Obama — sometimes when only a tiny fraction of precincts had reported — that state’s electoral votes got added to the applicable candidate’s running total. But who definitively decides when a state … Continue reading»

The Utah Colleges Exit Poll has surveyed Utah voters as they left polling places in Utah throughout Election Day. More than 500 student interviewers fanned out to 130 polling locations. Here are first results. Complications with data entry have resulted in some races having larger than average margins of error in exit polling, officials said. U.S. President Mitt Romney … 72% Barack Obama … 24% Someone else … 3% Projected … Continue reading»

Incumbent Sen. Orrin Hatch wins race for seventh term

SALT LAKE CITY — U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch defeated his Democratic challenger in Tuesday’s general election, securing a seventh, and what he says will be his final, term in office. Hatch faced Scott Howell in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat to the Senate since 1970. Howell, 58, is a former Democratic state senator who previously lost to Hatch in 2000. He garnered headlines recently when he … Continue reading»

SALT LAKE CITY — After months of campaigning, debating and cutting commercials in one of the highest profile races in Utah, Saratoga Springs Mayor Mia Love and Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, agree on one thing — their trust in Utah voters. “I think Utah is awake,” Love said. “I think a lot of people know the truth.” “I trust the voters,” Matheson said. “If they look at the … Continue reading»

SALT LAKE CITY — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, just named the keynote speaker at the upcoming Republican National Convention, will be in Utah next month to headline Gov. Gary Herbert’s annual fundraising gala. “Gov. Christie doesn’t pull any punches; he calls it like he sees it and I’m sure we’re all in for a treat,” Herbert said. The two GOP governors have worked together in the National … Continue reading»

The following blog entry by The Washington Post’s Greg Sargent was reported Friday in “The Plum Line.” “The internet is alive with speculation that the secret source Harry Reid claims to have on Mitt Romney’s tax returns is Utah industrialist Jon Huntsman Sr. He is the founder of Hunstman Corporation and the father of the former GOP presidential candidate — and the speculation is based on the fact … Continue reading»

Spiritual leaders will give invocations and benedictions each day at the Republican National Convention. Will Mitt Romney ask anyone from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to offer a blessing? Romney, who will be the first Mormon nominated for president by a major party, never discusses his church while campaigning unless the circumstances require it. Instead, he talks about “my faith” or “shared values” with voters. … Continue reading»