No primary for Governor Gary Herbert, wins nomination in second round of voting

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  • SLC BYU Fan Salt Lake City, UT
    April 22, 2012 8:41 p.m.

    The other candidates realized that Gary Herbert would be the only "electable" candidate in the group. The problem is Morgan Philpot thought he could win a statewide election since he did reasonably well against Jim Matheson in a Republican year (2010), when he was more of the Tea Party "poster-child" candidate than leader David Kirkham who had enough sense to realize Gary Herbert is still the best option for the party and the people of the state and mended the fences VERY quickly. Hopefully Philpot will realize he was no different than Rick Santorum, a senator who lost his seat by 17% in 2006 yet thought he could run for president and only did as well as he did for as long as he did since he was the non-Mormon alternative to Mitt Romney.

    On the other hand, 60% is a formidable amount for an incumbent being challenged and a challenger to prove his worth to the party, just ask Orrin Hatch who is begging for one more term he hardly deserves given the highly destructive special interests who have him bought and paid for inside the Washington, DC beltway. The delegate caucus worked.

  • JMOpinion Orem, UT
    April 22, 2012 12:26 p.m.

    I'm amazed at the Governors repeated support of local control of education when he signed a very large document giving over control to national and federal interests. Don't let his rhetoric fool you. He sold out. Sadly, our delegates swallowed the rhetoric hook line and sinker, leaving the voters no choice in the elections. We need to raise the percentage required in the caucuses so that we NEVER leave the voters without a choice. We should ALWAYS have a Primary!