Tanner Ainge loses primary election for Utah’s U.S. House seat

Tanner Ainge, a Republican candidate for Congress in Utah's 3rd Congressional District, speaks during a kick-off event for his campaign in Orem, Utah, Thursday, June 22, 2017. The field vying to replace Jason Chaffetz has narrowed, but still includes an unusual three-way race on the Republican side between the delegate choice of former state lawmaker Chris Herrod and two signature-gathering candidates: Provo Mayor John Curtis and Tanner Ainge, a son of Boston Celtics general Danny Ainge. (Isaac Hale/The Daily Herald via AP)
Tanner Ainge speaks during a kick-off event for his campaign in Orem, Utah, Thursday, June 22, 2017. –Isaac Hale/The Daily Herald via AP

Looks like Tanner Ainge won’t get the opportunity to take down national debt like his dad took down Tree Rollins.

The 33-year-old’s impassioned campaign for Congress came to an end on Tuesday night when he conceded in the primary election for Utah’s recently vacated U.S. House seat. Ainge, the son of Celtics president of basketball operations Danny Ainge, wished the winner, John Curtis, congratulations on Twitter.

Curtis, the mayor of Provo, Utah, earned 40.5% of the vote, while fellow Provo politician Christopher Herrod received 31.1%. Ainge finished third with 28.3%.

Ainge entered the race to fill Rep. Jason Chaffetz’s position in May and received unwavering support from his father, despite a little bit of drama involving Gordon Hayward. Throughout the campaign, his dad tweeted frequent messages of encouragement and even sat in a dunk tank as part of a fundraiser. Both parents also contributed $250,000 to a political action committee in honor of Ainge.

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