Utah's US Rep. Bishop re-elected to fifth term

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop has secured a fifth term representing Utah's 1st Congressional District.

The Republican cruised to an easy win over Democratic challenger Morgan Bowen on Tuesday.

The race was a rematch of 2008 when Bishop won with 65 percent of the vote.

Bowen, of Hyde Park, had criticized Bishop for "pay to play" politics. He claimed the Brigham City resident took contributions from donors he later helped secure government contracts, including programs at Hill Air Force base.

The 59-year-old Bishop denies the allegations. He says that while he did secure an earmark for a base program, the corporation that won the bid did so on its merit.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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