Utah lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2010

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The Utah lieutenant gubernatorial election of 2010 was held on November 2, 2010. The primary election in Utah is used in electing members of the State House, Congressional and Senatorial candidates, and candidates for county offices. Gubernatorial candidates were chosen at state conventions, held in May. The deadline for filing nomination papers was March 19.[1] Republican Gregory Bell, sharing a ticket with Gary Herbert, won a convincing victory over Democratic candidate Sheryl Allen. Bell took office in early 2011.

Registration deadlines are either 30 days prior to the election for postmarking an application or 15 days prior to the election if registering in person. Polling hours on all election days were 7:00 am to 8:00, local time.[2]

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 between 50% and 60%. If a single gubernatorial hopeful meets the threshold, she or he becomes the nominee with no further voting and no primary.

Otherwise, a primary is scheduled and the top two vote-getters compete. Utah's primary was June 22nd, though both the Democrats and the Republicans had already chosen nominees.

As Utah nominated gubernatorial candidates at convention, the winning candidates for the state's highest office also chose their own running mates without any primary. Gary Herbert, the incumbent governor and gubernatorial candidate, ran with Greg Bell, his serving lt. governor. The Democratic challenger was Sheryl L. Allen, a registered Republican in a state that allows split tickets in gubernatorial elections.

Utah was not scheduled to have a gubernatorial or a lieutenant gubernatorial election until 2012. However, Governor Jon Huntsman resigned to accept an ambassadorial post under the Obama Administration and his Lt. Governor, Gary Herbert, took over as chief executive of the state of Utah.

As Herbert ran for a full term as Governor, the post of Lt. Governor was open and elected on November 2, 2010. The election was only to serve the remainder of the four-year term begun in 2008, as Utah still held its regular election cycle in 2012.

Utah elects a governor and lt. governor on a shared ticket, though the candidates need not affiliate with the same party. As such, though there was a Democratic ticket, there was no registered Democrat running for Lt. Governor.

The November Ballot – Who Made It? Utah Lieutenant Governor[3]
Nominee Affiliation
Sheryl Allen Democrat
Gregory Bell Republican
Aric Cramer, Sr. Libertarian
Steve Maxfield Independent
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.

November 2, 2010 general election results

All precincts were certified as of November 22, 2010.[4]

Governor/Lt. 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 Electionresults.utah.gov (dead link)'





  • Aric M. Cramer, Sr., ran with W. Andrew McCullough


  • Steve Maxfield, ran with Farley M. Anderson

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