Ravell Call, Deseret News
FILE - Chairman of the Board Jonathan Johnson of Overstock.com speaks during a roundtable in Cottonwood Heights, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014 concerning immigration reform. A conservative Republican who forced Gov. Gary Herbert into a primary election two years ago is endorsing Larry Myers for U.S. Senate.

SALT LAKE CITY — A conservative Republican who forced Gov. Gary Herbert into a primary election two years ago is endorsing Larry Meyers for U.S. Senate.

Jonathan Johnson, the Overstock.com board chairman, said Meyers, a Republican, is an advocate for limited government, spending cuts, reducing regulation, local control of federal lands, defending the unborn and the Second Amendment.

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Johnson said Meyers, a St. George attorney, was one of his strongest supporters when he ran for governor in 2016. Johnson beat Herbert at the state GOP convention, pitting the two against each other in the primary election. Herbert easily won the June primary and went on win re-election in November.

Meyers is among a dozen candidates seeking the GOP nomination for U.S. Senate. The state Republican Party convention is April 21.

Correction: An earlier version misspelled the names of former GOP gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Johnson as Jonathon; and GOP Senate candidate Larry Meyers as Myers.