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Utah Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox plays bass guitar with the DaVinci Academy teacher band on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. Cox visited the high school to talk to a group of about 500 students on suicide prevention.

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Utah Gov. Gary Herbert's political action committee has donated $50,000 to Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox's campaign to be the state's next governor.

The Salt Lake Tribune reports campaign disclosure forms show the committee made the donation on Aug. 30. The donation makes Herbert the largest single donor to Cox's campaign.

Herbert said in a statement he's backing fellow Republican Cox in 2020 because of his strong leadership on issues like homelessness and suicide.

Cox said he was grateful for Herbert's support and lauded his efforts to strengthen Utah's economy.

Cox is the only candidate to formally announce his run. Cox was a freshman state lawmaker when Herbert tapped him for the second-in-command role in 2013.

Other possible candidates include Provo businessman Jeff Burningham and former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, http://www.sltrib.com

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