SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former Shoshone Nation tribal chairman Darren Parry has won the Democratic nomination for Utah’s 1st Congressional district, vying for a spot to replace retiring Republican Rep. Rob Bishop, who served nine terms.
Parry's opponent Jamie Cheek conceded Wednesday after trailing by 441 votes after a week of counting by-mail ballots, The Salt Lake Tribune reported Thursday. Parry had 51% of the vote compared to her 49%.
“It has become clear that, however close it may be, the votes are not in our favor,” Cheek said in a Facebook post. “This is not the outcome we hoped or worked so tirelessly for, but that doesn’t take away from what we accomplished.”
Parry, the former chairman of the Northwestern Band of the Shoshone Nation, will face Republican nominee Blake Moore, a management consultant, in the Nov. 3 election. A Democrat has not won the district in 42 years.