John Curtis wins Utah House special election

PROVO, Utah (ABC4 Utah) - Republican John Curtis has beat opponents Kathie Allen and Jim Bennett in Utah's 3rd District special election, CNN projects.

Curtis will succeed Republican Jason Chaffetz, who left the House in June and now serves as a Fox News contributor. 

The 3rd district includes the cities of Orem and Provo, where Curtis serves as mayor. He faced two main opponents in the 3rd District's general election: Democrat Kathie Allen, a physician and anti-gerrymandering advocate, and Jim Bennett of the newly formed United Utah Party.

United Utah Party Chair Richard Davis released a statement Tuesday evening that read in part, "we were dismissed as yet another minor party. But we have become a real force in Utah's politics because people like our message of practical, not partisan." 

During the election campaign, Curtis garnered key state and national endorsements, including from current Utah Gov. Gary Herbert, former presidential candidate Mitt Romneyand Chaffetz. Chaffetz and Romney tweeted out congratulations to Curtis Tuesday night. 

Curtis is expected to be sworn into office on Monday, November 16, 2017. 

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