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Utah gubernatorial election, 2010

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In the Utah gubernatorial election of 2010, held on November 2, 2010, Republican Gary Herbert defeated Democrat Peter Corroon. Gary Herbert was already serving as the appointed Governor of Utah when he was elected in his own right. Utah's 2010 election was not actually scheduled but was a special election called at the discretion of the legislature when John Huntsman, a Republican resigned his office to join the Ambassadorial Corps of the Obama Administration.

Under Utah's electoral system, major parties select gubernatorial candidates at nominating conventions held very early in the election year. In 2010, both parties convened on May 8th. Parties set their own critical thresholds for votes a candidates must earn to win the convention outright; the percentage is always somewhere 50% and 60%. If a single gubernatorial hopeful meets the threshold, she or he becomes the nominee with no further voting and no primary.

In 2010, the Republicans chose Herbert while the Democrats chose Corroon. Had the conventions not been conclusive, a primary was scheduled between the top two vote-getters on June 22, 2010. Peter Corroon advanced to the ballot without competition while Hary Herbert won a 70% victory at the GOP convention.

November 2, 2010 general election results

All precincts reported and were certified as of November 22, 2010.[1]

Governor of Utah, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngGary Herbert/Greg Bell Incumbent 64.2% 381,531
     Democratic Peter Corroon/Sheryl Allen 31.8% 188,911
     Independent Farley M. Anderson/Steve Maxfield 2% 11,842
     Libertarian W. Andrew McCullough/Aric Cramer, Sr. 2% 11,723
Total Votes 594,007
Election Results via (dead link)'

Inauguration and transition

Inaugural date

Governor Gary Herbert was sworn in for his elected full term on January 3, 2011.

Transition team

Though Governor Herbert began his full, elected, term in 2011, he did not have a full-scale transition as he has been in office since his predecessor left to join the Obama Administration. HIs official website was at Utah Governor Gary Herbert.

Party nominating conventions

By virtue of running unopposed within their own parties, Mr. Corroon and Mr. McCullough did not have to win a ballot to receive the respective nominations of the Democratic and Libertarian Parties.

2010 Special Election for Governor - Republican Nominating Convention[2]
Candidates Percentage
Green check mark.jpg Gary R. Herbert (R) 70.8%
Daniel Van Oaks, Jr. (R) 24.63%
Richard Martin (R) 4.18%
D.G. "Superdell" Schanze (R) 0.39%
Total votes 3,357

Race ratings

See also: Gubernatorial elections 2010, Race tracking

2010 Race Rankings Utah
Race Tracker Race Rating
The Cook Political Report[3] Solid Republican
Congressional Quarterly Politics[4] Safe Republican
Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball[5] Safe Republican
Rasmussen Reports Gubernatorial Scorecard[6] Solid GOP
The Rothenberg Political Report[7] Currently Safe Republican
Overall Call Republican


1. Cook Political Report moved races from "Likely Republican" to "Solid Republican" in its September 30th ratings. Bold text


The November Ballot – Who Made It? Utah Governor[8]
Nominee Affiliation
Peter Corroon Democrat
Gary Herbert Republican
W. Andrew McCullough Libertarian
Farley M. Anderson Independent
Michael William Heath (write-in)
This lists candidates who won their state's primary or convention, or who were unopposed, and who have since been officially certified for the November ballot by their state's election authority.

Utah's Election Office maintains list of certified candidates throughout the election and the after in it archives.[9]


  • Peter Corroon[10], the mayor of Salt Lake City


  • Attorney and political activist W. Andrew McCullough[11]


  • Incumbent Governor Gary R. Herbert[12]
  • Richard Martin[13], the owner of a financial brokerage, was eliminated at convention.
  • Also eliminated at the convention was Daniel Van Oaks, Jr.[14], a software engineer and business owner.
  • Attorney D.G. "Superdell" Schanze[15], CEO of his own aircraft company, lost at the convention.


  • Farley M. Anderson[16], a business owner and president of a non-profit.


2010 Race for Utah Governor - Rasmussen Reports
Date Reported Herbert (R) Corroon (D) Other Don't Know
August 23, 2010[17] 60% 29% 2% 8%
June 23, 2010[18] 58% 31% 2% 8%
April 8, 2010[19] 57% 29% 4% 10%
(Sample)[20] n=500 MoE=+/- 4.5% p=0.05

Gubernatorial electoral history

2000 Gubernatorial Results[21][22]
Candidates Percentage
Michael Leavitt (R) 55.77%
Bill Orton (D) 42.27%
Jeremy Freidbaum (IA) 1.97%
Total votes 761,806
2004 Gubernatorial Results[23][24]
Candidates Percentage
Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. (R) 57.74%
Scott M. Matheson, Jr. (D) 41.35%
Ken Larsen (PC) 0.91%
Total votes 919,960
2008 Gubernatorial Results[25][26]
Candidates Percentage
Jon M. Huntsman, Jr. (R) 77.63%
Bob Springmeyer (D) 19.72%
Dell Schanze (L) 2.62%
(write-in) 0.02%
Total votes 945,525

Presidential electoral history

2000 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
George W. Bush (R) 66.83%
Al Gore (D) 26.34%
2004 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
George W. Bush (R) 71.54%
John Kerry (D) 26.00%
2008 Presidential Results[27]
Candidates Percentage
John McCain (R) 62.24%
Barack Obama (D) 34.22%

1992 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
George H.W. Bush (R) 43.36%
Bill Clinton (D) 24.65%
1996 Presidential Results
Candidates Percentage
Bob Dole (R) 54.37%
Bill Clinton (D) 33.30%

External links

Candidates pages

See also



  1. Utah Secretary of State, "Utah Election Results, Governor/Lt. Governor," accessed November 15, 2010 and November 29, 2010 (dead link)
  2. Utah Republican Party, "Round 1 Results," May 8, 2010
  3. The Cook Political, “Governors: Race Ratings”
  4. CQ Politics, “2010 Race Ratings: Governors”
  5. Larry J. Sabato's Crystal Ball', “2010 Governor Ratings”
  6. Rasmussen Reports', “Election 2010: Scorecard Ratings”
  7. Rothenberg Political Report, “Governor Ratings”
  8. State of Utah Elections Office “2010 Candidates, accessed September 20, 2010
  9. State of Utah Elections Office, "Utah Constitutional Offices Candidates" accessed July 5, 2010
  10. State of Utah Elections Office, "Certificate of Nomination, Peter Corroon," March 17, 2010
  11. W G.pdf State of Utah Elections Office, "Certificate of Nomination, W. Andrew McCullough," March 18, 2010 (dead link)
  12. G G.pdf State of Utah Elections Office, "Certificate of Nomination, Gary R. Herbert," March 17, 2010 (dead link)
  13. R Gov.pdf State of Utah Elections Office, "Certificate of Nomination, Richard Martin," March 12, 2010 (dead link)
  14. D G.pdf State of Utah Elections Office, "Certificate of Nomination, Daniel Van Oaks, Jr.," March 19, 2010 (dead link)
  15. D G.pdf State of Utah Elections Office, "Certificate of Nomination, D.G. Schanze," March 16, 2010 (dead link)
  16. State of Utah Elections Office, "Certificate of Nomination, Farley M. Anderson," June 23, 2010
  17. Rasmussen Reports, “Election 2010: Utah Governor: Herbert (R) 60%, Corroon (D) 29%”, August 25, 2010
  18. Rasmussen Reports, “Election 2010: Utah Governor: Herbert (R) 58%, Corroon (D) 31%”, June 28, 2010
  19. Rasmussen Reports, “Election 2010: Utah Governor: Herbert (R) 57%, Corroon (D) 29%”, April 15, 2010
  20. [More complete methodology and sampling tabs are available at]
  21. US Election Atlas, “2000 Gubernatorial General Election Results - Utah”
  22. Utah State Elections Office, “Governor & Lieutenant Governor”
  23. US Election Atlas, “2004 Gubernatorial General Election Results - Utah”
  24. Utah State Elections Office, “Governor & Lieutenant Governor”
  25. US Election Atlas, “2008 Gubernatorial General Election Results - Utah”
  26. Utah State Elections Office, “Governor & Lieutenant Governor”
  27. Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections', accessed July 28, 2010