Leavitt ordered display of support for Cannon

Leavitt ordered display of support for Cannon

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Former congressional candidate David Leavitt says he told young supporters to march with signs supporting U.S. Rep. Chris Cannon during the state Republican convention.

Leavitt, Cannon and Jason Chaffetz on Saturday all sought the GOP nomination for the 3rd Congressional District. Leavitt was eliminated after the second round of balloting. He threw his support to Cannon.

Leavitt supporters then marched on the convention floor carrying Cannon signs. The display elicited loud boos from Chaffetz supporters, who contend the display violated party rules.

Leavitt on Wednesday defended the impromptu campaigning, saying he was told by Utah Republican Party Chairman Stan Lockhart that there was nothing wrong with it. Cannon, seeking a seventh term, will face Chaffetz in a Republican primary June 24.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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