A former professional football player won the Republican primary for Utahs 4th Congressional District, setting up a closely-watched race in November.
Burgess Owens, 68, earned 43.5 percent of the vote, according to preliminary official results.
The Associated Press called the race late Tuesday.
Owens beat a field that included state Republican Rep. Kim Coleman. She garnered 23.8 percent of the vote.
“I am so grateful for all the support weve received. Friends from across the country, countless hours from volunteers have united behind our message of the American Dream,” Owens said in a statement overnight.
Owens played 10 years in the NFL after being selected in the first round of the 1973 NFL Draft. He won a championship with the Oakland Raiders in 1980.
According to his campaign website, he supports the right to bear arms, opposes abortion, and wants to cut down on illegal immigration.