SALT LAKE CITY - Conservative Republican Mike Lee will be Utah's next U.S. senator.
Lee easily defeated Democrat Sam Granato on Tuesday to win the seat held by Republican Sen. Bob Bennett for the past 18 years.
Bennett failed to advance to the Republican primary when Lee and others said he wasn't conservative enough -- a defeat that served as an early sign of the anti-incumbent anger in the 2010 elections.
Lee, a tea party favorite, has pledged to reign in government, keep children of illegal immigrants from U.S. citizenship and to repeal President Barack Obama's health care program.
He is a 39-year-old constitutional law attorney who has never run for office since he was Brigham Young University's student body president. Granato is a restaurateur and chairman of the state liquor board who said Lee was too extreme for Utah.
Meanwhile, Republican Utah Gov. Gary Herbert has won another two years in office. Herbert defeated Democratic Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon in a special election Tuesday.
The two were vying to fill out the remainder of former Gov. Jon Huntsman's term. Huntsman resigned in August 2009 to become U.S. ambassador to China.
Herbert had served as Huntsman's lieutenant governor. When Herbert was sworn in to the state's top job, he said he would provide steady leadership for the state in a time of transition.
Herbert says his top priority is bolstering the economy to help pay for public education improvements. Corroon criticized Herbert for lacking specifics on how to do that.
A Democrat hasn't won a gubernatorial election in Utah since 1980.