Utah Senate 

Utah election: Don Ipson leaps ahead in Utah Senate race 2020

Sam Gross

St. George Spectrum & Daily News

Utah Sen. Don Ipson, the incumbent Republican, has a healthy lead late Tuesday over his challenger, Democrat Chuck Goode, according to initial results in the race for Senate District 29.

Votes were still being tallied, and election officials said it was unclear when results would be finalized, but as of 8:20 p.m., Ipson was leading with 38,235 votes over Goode's 12,023, a margin of 26,212 votes. 

Those numbers were expected to change, as counting was still in progress in Washington County. 

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District 29 represents much of the western half of Washington County, including St. George, Santa Clara and Ivins.

Ipson has represented District 29 since he was appointed to the seat in late 2016. Though he'd only served in the senate for a little over a month before the 2016 election, he handily defended the seat.

Before that, Ipson represented District 75 in the Utah House of Representatives for eight years.

If Goode is able to close the gap and unseats Ipson, he would be the first Democrat to represent District 29 since 1988.

Goode has run for office several times — including runs for State House District 71 in 2016 and 2018 — but he's yet to be successful.

Utah House

Incumbents were up big on Election Night in the southern Utah local Utah House Representative races.

Lowry Snow, Brad Last, Travis Seegmiller, Walt Brooks and Rex Shipp were all leading handily in their races for re-election to their respective House seats.

The preliminary reports have the results swinging in the incumbent's favor early.

House District 74

The closest race of the night so far was for the 74th District House of Representatives seat.

Lowry Snow led Kenzie Carter with 15,839 votes to 6,035 votes, as of the initial vote counts.

Snow said he was relieved when he saw the initial counts come in and wanted to thank Republican voters and unaffiliated voters for placing their trust in him.

"The lead looks very promising," Snow said. "I'm humbled by the response, not only from my own part, which is significant numbers."

Carter, the Democratic option on the ticket, challenged Snow, the Republican incumbent, for the seat he's held since 2012.

Snow also said he wanted to congratulate Carter, regardless of the outcome, on a well-run campaign, and how they both were able to run against each other without firing vitriol.

"My opponent was very courageous and brave running for this position," Snow said. "I think she did a very good job in running for this position and explaining her position."

Snow, who earned his Bachelor's degree from Brigham Young University and his J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law, is on his way to continue overseeing the 74th District includes Ivins, Santa Clara and a part of southern St. George.

"I appreciate very much the support," Snow said. "It's not something that I take lightly."


District 75

Walt Brooks was winning his quest for a third term in the Utah House 75th District over Democrat Rebecca Sullivan.

Brooks was leading Sullivan 11,669 votes to 3,696 after the first wave of precincts was reported.

Brooks is seeking to win his third election since being appointed to his seat in 2016.

Sullivan was on record in The Spectrum's voter guide as running partly on environmental issues, saying the Lake Powell Pipeline is too costly, risky, and unnecessary and the Northern Corridor is damaging to the Red Cliffs National Conservation area.

Brooks was appointed to the Utah House in Sept. 2016 and won to keep his seat in the 2016 General Election and again in the 2018 General Election.

District 75 includes the downtown area of St. George while also including Veyo, Gunlock, Pine Valley and extending north to Enterprise. 

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