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Transgender woman wins Utah senate primary


    Misty Snow won Utah’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary.

SALT LAKE CITY >> A transgender woman making her first foray into politics won Utah’s Democratic U.S. Senate primary tonight.

Misty Snow, a grocery store clerk, will face off against incumbent Republican Sen. Mike Lee in November after winning the Democratic nomination. Snow would become Utah’s first openly transgender elected official if she wins the general election. She defeated marriage therapist Jonathan Swinton in the primary.

Snow ran on a platform of raising the minimum wage and being an advocate for women’s rights and the LGBT community. Lee ran unopposed in the Republican primary.

Snow lost to Swinton in the state’s party convention in April, but the race went to the primary because Swinton didn’t get 60 percent of the vote at the convention.

Meanwhile, Morgan Philpot lost a state Senate race in Utah County to Dan Hemmert, who owns a chain of dry cleaning stores. Philpot is a former Utah lawmaker serving as an attorney for the leader of a wildlife refuge occupation in Oregon. He was hired to defend Ammon Bundy against a federal conspiracy charge.

Also, Utah Gov. Gary Herbert said he’s grateful Republican voters picked him as their nominee over businessman Jonathan Johnson. Herbert spoke to reporters outside the governor’s mansion after results from the primary election showed him winning by a large margin. Herbert has been in office since 2009.

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  • Just imagine what will happen if she gets elected to the Senate. One day she will demand to be called Ms Snow and the next day it will be Mr Snow. Talk about a snow job. Wow.

      • Tita Girl, you are as wrong as wrong can be. When roll calls are taken in the Senate, the protocol is to refer to them as Mr, Ms or Mrs when calling their names. They also are referred to as Mr, Ms and Mrs in transcripts of congressional hearings This is an excerpt from one such hearing:
        “With that, I yield the floor.
        The PRESIDING OFFICER. The Senator from Maryland.
        Ms. MIKULSKI. Mr. President, I ask unanimous consent that I be
        allowed to speak as in morning business for no more than 10 minutes.
        The PRESIDING OFFICER. Without objection, it is so ordered.
        Ms. MIKULSKI. I thank the Presiding Officer.”

        Ms. Mikulski is Senator Mikulski but she is called Ms. in the record.

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