UT-Gov: Huntsman By a Mile

We can now bring to a close one of the least suspenseful races of the year: Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has won a second ...
by | November 4, 2008

Gov-Jon-Huntsman-StateParks-701249 We can now bring to a close one of the least suspenseful races of the year: Republican Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. has won a second term in Utah.

Huntsman raised $914,000, compared to just $75,000 for his opponent, Bob Springmeyer.

It was more than the governor needed. Huntsman spent about four times as much during his race in 2004. "We've done a little more than the filing fee, but probably a fraction of what we did four years ago," he told the Deseret News last month.

When late polls suggested that Springmeyer would lose by more than 50 points, Springmeyer gamely claimed that Barack Obama's coattails would lift him higher -- but he didn't bother claiming that he might actually win.

"I'd obviously be tickled to death if we were up in the 40 percent range," Springmeyer said.

Springmeyer charged that Huntsman should have been more aggressive, particularly in standing up to the GOP-dominated legislature. But Huntsman maintained an image as a sensible independent and was able to point to successes in areas such as a "flatter, fairer" income tax, blocking a nuclear fuel storage proposal and the recent completion of the Legacy Parkway, which offers an alternative route to commuters heading north out of Salt Lake City.

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