In the GOP race in House District 69 in parts of Duchesne, Carbon, Emery and Grand counties, newcomer Bill Labrum, a Roosevelt car dealer, has the most money against incumbent Rep. Jerry Anderson, R-Price, and former Rep. Christine Watkins (who switched to the GOP after serving as a Democrat).
Labrum raised $6,450 and spent $509 but he provided $5,000 of it himself. His other donations still outdistanced Anderson, who raised only $350 this year and has spent $196, and Watkins, who raised $700 and spent $639.
Only one other incumbent with a convention challenge on Saturday reports being outspent by a challenger. Sen. Kevin Van Tassell, R-Vernal, was outspent by school teacher Susan Horrocks, $8,305 to $6,529.
However, Van Tassell has raised $9,500 this year to Horrocks' $5,271 all of which came from her own pocket. She also shows a deficit of $3,000, while Van Tassell has $10,688 in the bank.
The five other GOP incumbents facing challenges Saturday have significant money leads Sen. Evan Vickers, R-Cedar City (a 15-1 lead in donations over former Sen. Casey Anderson); Sen. Daniel Thatcher, R-West Valley City (a 7-1 lead over Vicki Griffith); Rep. Mel Brown, R-Coalville (a 12-1 lead over Blaine Hone); Rep. John Westwood, R-Cedar City (outspent Blake Cozzens 2-1); and Rep. Kraig Powell, R-Heber City (outspent Wylder Smith 58-1).
The one close money race among challengers Saturday is in House District 55 in Duchesne and Uintah counties. Rancher Scott Chew raised $1,000 and spent $500, while optician Tod Tesar raised $965 and spent $616. No Democrat has filed for the office, so the winner of the GOP race will win the seat.
Former Weber State University President Millner, a Republican seeking the seat of retiring Sen. Stuart Reid, R-Ogden, raised the most of any legislative candidate in the state: $60,588 including $10,000 from Sid Foulger, a Potomac, Md., developer and Weber alumnus who recently endowed Weber's school of music.
Millner also received donations from seven incumbent GOP legislators.
Opposing her is Lars Birkeland of Morgan, a banker and former BYU baseball player, who has raised $7,358 eight times less than Millner. He received a donation from one legislator, Rep. Mel Brown.
In the lone Democratic legislative race on Saturday for the Senate seat held by Thatcher credit union manager Clare Collard outraised LeGrandPeeples $8,355 to $0.
In the GOP race for the seat of retiring Rep. Ronda Menlove, R-Garland, farmer/rancher Scott Sandall outraised Oakley Nelson $3,450 to $1,100.
If a candidate wins 60 percent of delegate votes, they proceed to the final election. Otherwise, the top two candidates face off in a primary election.
Legislative races for seats entirely within one county were previously narrowed by county conventions.