Top Utah Republican Expected to Resign in Surprising Decision

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One of the top Republicans in Utah and one of the most stable seats that the GOP has held in the state since his initial election is reportedly expected to resign from his position as early as this week, as the surprising decision leaves a chaotic Republican Party with the difficulty of winning a special election to retain the seat.

And with the fallout from the recent debt ceiling agreement with The White House, Speaker Kevin McCarthy now will be faced with gathering his party's support for the deal with one less Republican seat in Congress.

Top Utah Republican to Resign

Republican House Representative Chris Stewart is reportedly expected to retire as early as this week, according to a new report from The Salt Lake Tribune, citing sources familiar with the matter.

The longtime Republican was first elected back in 2013 and has held the state's 2nd Congressional District ever since, including a victory in 2022 where he defeated his Democratic challenger by almost 30 points.

Were he to step down, Utah Governor Spencer Cox, also a Republican, would have a week to determine the dates for a primary and a general congressional special election, which would have to occur on the same day as either a municipal general election, a presidential primary election, a regular primary election, or a regular general election.

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