Utah Republican Convention Sets Up Primary Clash

The Story:

Republican delegates at a convention in West Valley City, Utah, tried on Saturday, April 21 to choose a Senate candidate for the seat that Orrin Hatch is vacating. Their efforts simply narrowed the field from twelve to two: Mitt Romney (former Massachusetts Governor and the national party’s 2016 candidate for President) and Mike Kennedy (state representative from district 27, located just due north of Provo.)

Two Ballots:

The rules of the state Republican Party require that the balloting continue until the leading candidate wins at least 40% of the votes of the delegates. But if the winning candidate doesn’t get at least 60%, and another candidate gets 40% or more, then first and second place candidates must face off in a primary.

The Thing to Know

The first ballot eliminated all but the two leading contenders. In the second ballot at the convention, Kennedy won 51% of the vote, Romney 49%. So both advance to the primary, in June.


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