SALT LAKE CITY — The Latest on a debate between Utah’s two candidates for governor (all times local):
Utah’s two candidates for governor used their debate Monday night to each make a pitch for their party’s presidential candidate as their matchup came an hour before Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump squared off in their first debate.
Gov. Gary Herbert, a Republican who is voting for Trump, said that despite the billionaire candidate’s incendiary remarks, Clinton is unpopular in Utah, even with Democrats, and is seen as untrustworthy.
His Democratic opponent Mike Weinholtz never mentioned Clinton by name, but cited some of Trump’s insults to women and minorities and a proposed temporary ban on foreign Muslims coming to the U.S. as very concerning.
Hebert has been in office since 2009 and is considered a heavy favorite among the state’s largely conservative voters.
Weinholtz is a wealthy former CEO of a medical staffing company making his first run for public office.
Utah Gov. Gary Herbert and his Democratic opponent Mike Weinholtz meet Monday night in their first and likely only televised debate this year.
Herbert and Weinholtz have made a few joint appearances as they run for the state’s top office this year, including a daytime debate two weeks ago where they sparred over Utah’s push to gain control of federal lands in the state.
Hebert, a Republican, is a heavy favorite as he runs for another four year term in a state that is considered a GOP stronghold. He has been in office since 2009.
Weinholtz is a wealthy former CEO of a medical staffing company. He has relied heavily on his own money to fund his campaign, which is his first for public office.