Utah State Senator Lyle Hillyard, R-Logan, says he was not surprised that delegates to the state Republican convention on Saturday gave Governor Gary Herbert’s challenger enough votes to require a primary election.
However, Hillyard says he was surprised at the amount of votes that went to Jonathan Johnson – 55 percent compared to Herbert’s 45 percent.
“Jonathan Johnson could pin point a few issues that he disagreed with that the convention agreed with Jonathan Johnson and not the governor,” Hillyard says. “I think it’s going to be important for the governor to get out and campaign hard and let people understand these issues and why he did what he did.
“I think that behooves him. If he can, he’ll win re-election. If he can’t then I think he is going to have some concerns.”
Hillyard says he felt there were some issues raised by Jonathan Johnson that the governor did not have a chance to refute at the convention.