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HOTTEST LEGISLATIVE RACES

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SENATE DISTRICT 27: Democrat Mike Dmitrich narrowly defeated Republican rival and longtime friend David Adams for the state Senate seat covering virtually all of southeastern Utah. Both were veterans of the Utah House, but earlier this year Dmitrich was appointed to the Senate seat to fill the unexpired term of Sen. Omar Bunnell, D-Price, who retired and then passed away.

SENATE DISTRICT 20: Incumbent Sen. Glade Nielsen, R-Roy, spent more than $20,000 - more money than any other candidate for legislative office - but still lost his re-election bid to Rep. Joseph Hull, D-Hooper. Hull was one of three House Democrats to be elected to the Senate this year.SENATE DISTRICT 8: Republicans had hoped to get rid of outspoken Sen. Scott Howell, D-Salt Lake, through reapportionment. So they put him in the same predominantly Republican district with Sen. Fred Finlinson, R-Murray, one of the most powerful members of the Senate. The only fly in the Republican ointment was that Howell beat Finlinson. Republicans have complained for weeks that Finlinson was not campaigning hard enough, and they feared a "tortoise and the hare" victory for Howell.

HOUSE DISTRICT 1: Republicans have held Box Elder County for as long as anyone can remember. But Democrat Eli Anderson pulled the upset, easily defeating Republican James Bingham, who had been appointed to the seat after the resignation of Rep. Lee Allen.

HOUSE DISTRICT 41: Rep. David Ostler, R-Salt Lake, had become a champion of recycling on Capitol Hill. But Democratic challenger Sara Eubank recycled the three-term representative, defeating Ostler 51 percent to 49 percent.

HOUSE DISTRICT 12: Incumbent DeMont Wiberg, D-Roy, will certainly want the election results recounted. After all the votes had been tallied, Wiberg trailed his Republican challenger by seven votes. Wiberg's seat was one of several in Weber County targeted by Republicans.