2010 tough year for Utah politicians

Published: Monday, Jan. 3 2011 1:07 a.m. MST

7. Utah finally gets a fourth seat in Congress. Thanks to the 2010 Census reapportionment announced in December, the long-awaited fourth seat is a reality. The state had unsuccessfully gone to court a decade earlier, claiming the additional representation should have come then based on uncounted overseas missionaries.

8. Stands on immigration and other issues taking sharp right turn. With encouragement from the tea party movement, conservatives in Utah are pushing for tougher enforcement against illegal immigrants. Other issues getting more attention include adherence to a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution.

9. Mitt Romney widely seen as a leading GOP presidential candidate in 2012. Romney hasn't made his second bid for the White House official, but the former Utah Olympic leader is ahead of President Barack Obama in some polls.

10. PAC formed to encourage former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. to run for president. The political action committee known as R-PAC has yet to report raising money, but supporters hope to use it to draft the now-U.S. ambassador into the race, likely in 2016.

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