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Bramble avoids primary, Okerlund doesn't

Published April 21, 2012 11:07 am

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Utah Sen. Curt Bramble survived a challenge from Brigham Young University professor Andrew Holmes, capturing the Republican nomination in the Provo district Saturday.

Bramble received just enough votes to clear the 60 percent threshold needed to win the nomination at the Utah Republican Convention, avoiding a June primary.

In other Senate races, state Sen. Ralph Okerlund, R-Monroe, narrowly missed winning the nomination outright over state Rep. Patrick Painter, R-Nephi, capturing 59.8 percent of the vote. The two lawmakers will face off in a June primary.

State Sen. Casey Anderson, R-Cedar City, will also have a primary with state Rep. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City, in the sprawling southern Utah senate district. Anderson win 57 percent of the vote and Vickers received 43 percent.

State Sens. Allen Christensen of Ogden, Todd Weiler of Woods Cross, and David Hinkins of Orangeville all avoided primaries by winning more than 60 percent in their respective districts.

— Robert Gehrke Twitter: @RoberGehrke