The Utah Republican special congressional primary of August 15 was won by John Curtis, Mayor of Provo, Utah. However, he was not the party’s endorsed choice. On June 17, the Republican Party had held an endorsements convention which chose former state legislator Chris Herrod.
Curtis got on the primary ballot by petition. The Utah Republican Party has been fighting for several years to make it impossible for candidates to get on the primary ballot by petition; the party only wants candidates on its primary ballot who had substantial support at an endorsements convention.
Curtis, the primary winner, is considered to be less conservative than Herrod. The Utah Republican primary was limited to voters who are registered Republicans.