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From the Salt Lake Tribune:
Democratic Party Chairman Wayne Holland struck a confident tone Saturday after being re-elected to a second term, predicting a Democrat will win the statehouse in 2010.
"I'm not sure which one it was, but I think our next governor was in this building today," Holland said.It was a clear reference to Rep. Jim Matheson and Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon who spent much of their time at the Utah Democratic Convention at Murray High School tiptoeing around questions of whether they would run for governor in 2010. But neither ruled it out.
Corroon and Matheson are impressive candidates. Matheson's father was the last Democrat to be elected governor of the state. Still, I'm skeptical.
Everyone knows that Utah is very Republican, but I was surprised when Ballot Access News reported recently on just how few Democrats there are in the state:
The Utah state elections office has released a registration tally. The results: Republican 589,326; Democratic 132,011; Libertarian 3,181; Constitution 2,203; independent and other, 772,997.
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