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(CNN) -- Veteran Rep. Chris Cannon of Utah, under fire for his support of President Bush's guest worker program, survived a battle against a well-funded challenger Tuesday in Utah's Republican primary.

With all the precincts reporting, Cannon won about 56 percent of the vote, compared to 44 percent for his challenger, John Jacob, according to election results posted on the state's Web site early Wednesday.

Jacob, a wealthy businessman, had accused the conservative five-term lawmaker of supporting "amnesty" for illegal immigrants.

Anti-immigration groups poured money into the race and aired ads against Cannon, while both the president and first lady Laura Bush made automated phone calls on his behalf.

Meanwhile, in a runoff race in South Carolina, Lt. Gov. Andre Bauer pulled off a come-from-behind win for the GOP nomination for a second term, a month after escaping death in a plane crash.

"I've been given two more chances at life, not only by the people of South Carolina ... but God has given me another chance," Bauer said to cheering supporters after narrowly defeating Mike Campbell, the son of the late Carroll Campbell, a popular governor and congressman in the Palmetto State.

"There's not a question in my mind that God has a plan for me," said Bauer, who used crutches to walk to the podium for his victory speech.

In the first round of primary voting two weeks ago, Bauer appeared to be in serious political trouble after finishing more than 20,000 votes behind Campbell. But a runoff was necessary because Campbell didn't capture an outright majority, giving Bauer another chance.

In May, Bauer was seriously injured and had to be airlifted to a hospital when the small plane he was in crashed on takeoff from an airport in Blacksburg, South Carolina.

Cannon and Jacob squared off in Utah's 3rd District, which stretches from the western suburbs of Salt Lake City through Provo to rural counties in the southwestern part of the state. Cannon first won the solidly Republican district in 1996.

But last month, Jacob used anger over the immigration issue to defeat Cannon at the state Republican convention, which forced Cannon into a primary that he conceded he could lose "if there are a lot of people who are really afraid ... and they vote against me."

"(The) disagreement is whether the Republican Party is going to be some kind of new, xenophobic, anti-foreigner party, or whether we're going to be the party of a country we're thrilled has grown," he said.

CNN Correspondent Candy Crowley contributed to this report.

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