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Ellis wins Republican nomination for state treasurer

Ellis wins Republican nomination for state treasurer



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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Utah's deputy treasurer, Richard Ellis, has won the Republican nomination for state treasurer.

He defeated state Representative Mark Walker with more than 59 percent of the vote -- with 99 percent of precincts reporting.

It was an unusual primary campaign.

The state treasurer is responsible for running an office that manages state investments. It's a low-profile job that's been held by the same man, Edward Alter, for 28 years. But Alter's decision to not seek re-election set off an intra-party feud.

Ellis claims Walker offered to let him keep his job and give him a 53 percent raise if Ellis would quit the treasurer's race and remain deputy treasurer.

Walker denies any wrongdoing. He also accuses Ellis of scheming to derail Walker's political ambitions.

Lieutenant Governor Gary Herbert said Tuesday night he will forward Ellis' complaint to the attorney general's office for investigation.

Ellis now advances to the general election in November and will face Democrat Dick Clark.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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