Frank Pignanelli & LaVarr Webb: Here are our predictions for state convention elections

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  • Darrel Eagle Mountain, UT
    April 28, 2013 9:42 p.m.


    What you say would make more sense if Matheson had the entire of Salt Lake County. If he were able to run statewide he would have the whole of Salt Lake County, as well as that of Davis, Summit, Cache and Washington counties.

    I am not saying he is a guaranteed winner, but I don't think it's anywhere as bleak as you paint it.

  • RBB Sandy, UT
    April 28, 2013 8:04 p.m.

    If Matheson goes state wide we will have our first all Republican delegation in a long time. Matheson barely beat Love while carrying 54 percent of Salt Lake County. Love won in in the other 3 counties which make up the district. Where is Matheson going to pick up enough votes to offset Davis, Cache and Washington Counties. If Matheson runs state wide he will get to start drawing on that nice congressional pension he's earned. Run Jim Run.

  • The Real Maverick Orem, UT
    April 28, 2013 9:38 a.m.

    I agree with the poster above. It's time for Matheson to take down Lee. Lee may have bloody tea party money but Matheson has the support of the people.

  • stevo123 slc, ut
    April 28, 2013 7:53 a.m.

    I have said before it is time for Jim Matheson to go state wide. Mike Lee would be a great target.

  • Utah_1 Salt Lake City, UT
    April 28, 2013 12:47 a.m.

    The State GOP has 3 great candidates. If James Evans loses, he can "thank" Mr. Webb. Aaron is seen by some as a stronger supporter of the Utah Neighborhood Caucus System and many will vote for him partly because of it.

    The Caucus System in Utah is the best way to make sure grass roots movements can work over large amounts of money. It is the only way someone with $100,000 can go against someone with $2,000,000 in election funds.

    There were about 120,000 republicans in Utah that went to the neighborhood caucus elections in 2012 to elect the 4000 State Delegates. Add to those numbers the democrats and the primary elections. Certainly the municipal elections didn't do any better in voter representation.

    Bypassing the Caucus / Convention System will NOT create more participation. There are 4000 state delegates that spend countless hours vetting candidates to be on the ballot. They are selected by those that attend the neighborhood election caucus meeting. You just have to attend.

    The current system does not protect the incumbent, wealthy or famous. I think that is a good thing.