Chris Herrod wins over delegates at nominating convention

PROVO, Utah (ABC 4 Utah)- The stage is set for the Republican Primary in Utah's 3rd Congressional District.

The race was launched when Representative Jason Chaffetz shocked the political world, and announced his plan to leave office early.

At the beginning of the day on Saturday, 12 republican candidates had high hopes of taking over for Chaffetz. After the nominating convention there were three.

At Timpview High School in Provo, 11 republican candidates battled it out for the delegate nomination.

After five rounds of voting the list was whittled down to one, former state representative Chris Herrod.

"Many of these people know who I am, and for me it was just making sure that they knew what I stood for, I mean they already knew I was going to do what I said I was going to do," said Herrod.

State Senator Deidre Henderson, who many saw as a favorite going in made it all the way to the final vote, but fell short.

"Obviously I'm disappointed that I didn't come out of convention with a majority. The rules were changed, and so we didn't send two people out the way we normally would, so this is the end of the road for me," Henderson said.

It's not the end of the road for Herrod, but he's not the party nominee either.

Provo Mayor John Curtis struggled to win over delegates, but he's still alive.

That's because he also gathered signatures to go straight to the primary ballot, regardless of Saturday’s vote.

"We've always known that this was a tough crowd for me, and we've been looking forward to the next phase of the campaign, and looking forward to getting my message out and letting people know what I hope to accomplish," said Curtis.

The next stage marks the first time a primary has ever been held in Utah to replace a member of congress in the middle of their term.

Tanner Ainge will round out the primary showdown. He also took the signature route to the ballot, but declined to participate in the convention.

The Primary Election is August 15, 2017.

Representative Chaffetz put up $5000.00 to cover the cost of the convention.

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