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A.M. notes: Curtis wins primary, arrests made in Operation Rio Grande, Trump's comments spark outrage

3rd Congressional District candidate John Curtis gives his victory speech during his primary race election night party in Provo on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.
3rd Congressional District candidate John Curtis gives his victory speech during his primary race election night party in Provo on Tuesday, Aug. 15, 2017.
Jeffrey D. Allred, Deseret News

Here’s a look at the news for Aug. 16.

Curtis wins primary, AP reports

The Associated Press called Provo Mayor John Curtis as the winner of the GOP primary race to fill the vacated 3rd Congressional District seat.

Curtis defeated both former state lawmaker Chris Herrod and businessman Tanner Ainge in the primary.

Herrod said on Tuesday night that he was not ready to concede yet.

Curtis, though, said he was "so proud we did it the right way."

"They said you can't win a campaign without being negative. We were not negative," he said on Tuesday night.

Curtis told political action committees, "This is my town, this is my district, go home. You wasted your money."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Operation Rio Grande makes arrest

The policing effort named Operation Rio Grande began on Monday, with some results, according to the Deseret News.

In the first 24 hours, 160 officers arrested 87 different people. About 33 people from those arrests were released from jail.

The arrests came as multiple officers looked to eliminate crime in the Rio Grande area.

This is the first in a three-phase initiative, which will look to "uproot the entrenched criminal element taking cover amid the homeless population," the Deseret News reported.

Read more at the Deseret News.

Trump comments spark outrage

President Donald Trump blamed both sides for the unrest in Charlottesville, Virginia, on Tuesday, drawing discontent from experts, politicians and Americans, according to BBC.

Trump said the alt-right also faced attacks from the alt-right. He said he wondered what would have happen if the alt-right were to continue to be attacked, BBC reported.

"What about the alt-left that came charging at the, as you say, alt-right?" Trump said. "Do they have any semblance of guilt? What about the fact they came charging with clubs in their hands? As far as I'm concerned that was a horrible, horrible day."

White House officials said they weren’t sure why Trump conveyed that message, which many took as a defense of white nationalists.

"Beyond being wrong, it is just another totally needless, self-inflicted wound," a source told BuzzFeed.

Read more at BBC and BuzzFeed.

Election officials ask Julie Dole to delete social media posts

The Utah Elections Office asked Acting Salt Lake County Recorder Julie Dole to remove social media posts that recycle old endorsements, according to the Deseret News.

Utah's elections director, Mark Thomas, asked Dole to remove her posts, saying they were "unethical" and that they violated state law.

Utah’s law does say that candidates can’t have "the name of any person as an endorser or supporter in any political publication without the express consent of that person," the Deseret News reported.

Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City, also complained about Dole’s post

"It's completely and totally unethical and intentionally deceptive," Thatcher said. "And it's pretty clear she's violating state law."

Read more at the Deseret News.

Driver escapes carjacking in clever way

A woman almost found herself victim to a carjacking. She chose to flip the script.