Kitchen wins Democratic primary in Utah, final tally shows

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ABOVE: Salt Lake City’s Derek Kitchen won a seat in the Utah Senate. Photo courtesy of Kitchen’s Facebook page. 

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) | Salt Lake City councilman Derek Kitchen has been declared the winner of his Democratic primary race for a Utah Senate seat representing one of the state’s rare left-leaning districts.

The Salt Lake County Clerk released final results Tuesday showing 29-year-old Kitchen won the race by 5 percentage points over physician Jennifer Plumb.

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Utah Senate rejects proposal to strenghthen LGBT protections

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Salt Lake City (AP) – Utah’s GOP-controlled Senate rejected a proposal to beef up the state’s hate crimes law and add protections for gay and transgender people.

The measure from Republican Sen. Steve Urquhart called for heavier punishments in crimes motivated by factors such as a victim’s race, gender and religion. It failed by six votes in the 29-member Senate. Lawmakers said they were concerned it could create special protections for some people and punish people for their thoughts.

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