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    But that's alright too. The Utah Dems seem more likely to reform the system so the negatives of the convention system are downplayed. Who knows what will happen though, with the Count My Vote group looming in the background with a ballot initiative in the wings.

    My opinion on Utah's convention system is that I think the Utah Democrats should keep it (as they have done). Normally, in any other state, I would oppose the convention system, but here in Utah, I think it's vital for Dems. First, in many races we don't even have one candidate, let alone two, so a primary is pointless. Second, a primary is expensive compared to a convention, and we really don't have enough money for a bunch of primaries. In any other state, media publicity generated by the primaries would help Democratic name recognition, but the Utah media doesn't cover Democratic candidates anyway.

    Third, I get the point about letting the general public have a say and avoiding extreme candidates, but again, there's usually only one candidate anyways, and the general public does not usually care. And we generally pick some dude candidates (because that's all we have), who are either moderate or liberals doing a Hail Mary (or would it be Hail Moroni here in Utah?), because they know they won't win anyway. Moderates win more often here anyway.

    One thing I would change would be to up the number of delegates, and to have one or two more convention meetings to choose delegates.

    One Utah political writer had a really silly theory about why we were going to keep the convention system: Party leader and State Senator Jim Dabakis was afraid of losing his seat to a more moderate, less antagonistic candidate.

    Leftist Mormon in Utah, Born in Washington State, live in UT-04 (Matheson).

    by Gygaxian on Sun Jun 23, 2013 at 07:35:22 AM PDT

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