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Utah, U.S. Senate

Voters in Utah elected one member to the U.S. Senate in the election on November 6, 2018. Heading into the 2018 election, the incumbent is Orrin Hatch (R), who was first elected in 1976.

Campaign finance

The chart below contains data from financial reports submitted to the Federal Election Commission.

Name Party Receipts* Disbursements** Cash on hand Date
Mitt Romney Republican Party $5,552,040 $5,294,219 $257,822 As of December 31, 2018
Jenny Wilson Democratic Party $960,796 $960,456 $340 As of December 31, 2018
Timothy Noel "Tim" Aalders Constitution Party $106,499 $106,495 $4 As of December 31, 2018
Craig Bowden Libertarian Party $44,654 $43,055 $6,142 As of March 31, 2018
Reed McCandless Independent American Party $0 $0 $0 Data not available

Source: Federal Elections Commission, "Campaign finance data," 2018.

* According to the FEC, "Receipts are anything of value (money, goods, services or property) received by a political committee."
** According to the FEC, a disbursement "is a purchase, payment, distribution, loan, advance, deposit or gift of money or anything of value to influence a federal election," plus other kinds of payments not made to influence a federal election.

Election history


rated Utah's U.S. Senate race as safely Republican. Incumbent Mike Lee (R) defeated Misty Snow (D), Stoney Fonua (Independent American), and Bill Barron (Independent) in the general election on November 8, 2016. Lee faced no primary challenger, while Snow defeated Jonathan Swinton to win the Democratic nomination. The primaries took place on June 28, 2016. Jade Tuan Quoc Vo (D) was eliminated at the party convention on April 23, 2016.

U.S. Senate, Utah General Election, 2016

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMike Lee Incumbent 68.1% 760,220
Democratic Misty Snow 27.1% 301,858
Independent American Stoney Fonua 2.5% 27,339
Independent Bill Barron 2.3% 26,166
Total Votes 1,115,583
Source: Utah Secretary of State

U.S. Senate, Utah Democratic Primary, 2016

Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMisty Snow 59.4% 28,928
Jonathan Swinton 40.6% 19,774
Total Votes 48,702
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor


Orrin Hatch won re-election to the United States Senate in 2012.

U.S. Senate, Utah, General Election, 2012

Party Candidate Vote % Votes
Republican Green check mark transparent.pngOrrin G. Hatch Incumbent 65.8% 657,608
Democratic Scott Howell 30.2% 301,873
Constitution Shaun Lynn McCausland 3.2% 31,905
Utah Justice Daniel Geery 0.8% 8,342
Independent Bill Barron 0% 0
Total Votes 999,728
Source: Utah Lieutenant Governor, "2012 General Election Results"


Demographic data for Utah

Total population:2,990,632316,515,021
Land area (sq mi):82,1703,531,905
Race and ethnicity**
Black/African American:1.1%12.6%
Native American:1.1%0.8%
Pacific Islander:0.9%0.2%
Two or more:2.6%3%
High school graduation rate:91.2%86.7%
College graduation rate:31.1%29.8%
Median household income:$60,727$53,889
Persons below poverty level:12.7%11.3%
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, "American Community Survey" (5-year estimates 2010-2015)
for more information on the 2020 census and here for more on its impact on the redistricting process in Utah.

As of July 2017, Utah had a population of approximately 3,100,000 people, with its three largest cities being Salt Lake City (pop. est. 190,000), West Valley City (pop. est. 140,000), and Provo (pop. est. 120,000).