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Greg Neft Reporting Utahns are giving freely to candidates in the 2008 presidential race, but why?
The Federal Election Commission says donors in the Beehive State gave more than $4.3 million to all hopefuls combined. University of Utah political science associate professor Matthew Burbank says that's a lot of money for Utah.
Burbank says the reason behind it is Mitt Romney. "[They're] trying to show their support for this particular candidate and hoping that what happens is that he goes on to become president," he said.
Of the money, Romney has the most with $3.8 million. Burbank says if he wins, many Utahns feel they'll win. "Utah ties would result in appointments to a Romney administration," Burbank explained.
Burbank thinks there would be a lot less money coming out of Utah if not for Romney.