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  Only 19 of Utah’s 90 legislative races are competitive financially. Here’s a look at a few that stand out.
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Last EditedIndyGeorgia  Nov 04, 2018 11:17am
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AuthorLee Davidson
News DateSaturday, October 20, 2018 05:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionOf Utah’s 90 races for the Legislature this year, only 19 are even moderately competitive in campaign fundraising. The others are financial blowouts, suggesting most races are not close with voters either, an analysis of disclosure forms shows.

“Those donations are symptomatic of the larger challenge the state faces in terms of having a vibrant electoral democracy. Competitive elections are a way to hold politicians accountable, and too many are not competitive,” said Chris Karpowitz, co-director of Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy.

The fundraising overview suggests that little change is likely in the lopsided balance of power in the state Legislature — where Republicans hold supermajorities of 24-5 in the Senate and 62-13 in the House.
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