Six candidates for the Utah Legislature have withdrawn from their races in recent weeks.

In the Senate, two Republicans have withdrawn from races in heavily Democratic districts.- In West Valley City's District 11 race, Duane Torsak pulled out, leaving Democratic Sen. Ed Mayne without a challenger. Mayne is president of the Utah AFL-CIO.

"Obviously, it's somewhat of a Democratic district," said Spencer Stokes, executive director of the Utah Republican Party. "And it's difficult to run against the union leader, financially, at least."

- The Salt Lake City Senate district that includes the Avenues and neighborhoods around East High School also will lack a GOP name on the ballot. Kenneth Grover has moved from District 1, Stokes said.

- In House District 19, Julie Clay Pollock, Bountiful, has announced she is moving outside the district boundaries in January. She urged her supporters to back Republican Rep. Sheryl Allen, now the sole candidate in that race.

- In House District 24, the Natural Law Party's John Owen Erick-son has taken his name from the ballot in the Avenues' district, leaving incumbent Democrat Ralph Becker, Republican Bryce Brady and independent John M. Renteria as candidates.

- In House District 26, Republican Janice Salazar has scratched her name from the ballot because her husband is being relocated to Guam. Democratic candidate Fred J. Fife and Independent American Larry D. Garske are the remaining candidates for that seat, which is held by retiring Democratic Rep. Steve Barth.

- In House District 30, where the Eagle Forum has targeted the Democratic candidate in a neighborhood dominated by stalwart Democrats, Independent American candidate Marc Meals has opted out of the contest because of pressing personal concerns.

"The timing was just not good for me this year," said Meals.

Democrat Jackie Biskupski and Republican Bryan Irving have been campaigning intensively for this open seat.