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Democrats could wreak havoc in Republican primary

Democrats could wreak havoc in Republican primary



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Mary Richards reporting State Democratic Party leaders say they aren't telling their people to vote in the upcoming Republican primaries, but it is possible.

According to the Deseret News, they're not telling their people to register as Republicans for that day. But they do say it's been done before.

Many Democrats live in districts where there may not even be a Democrat in the November election, or there's just no way they're going to win. So they could register as Republicans for a day, vote in the primary, and pick what they call "the lesser of the two Republican evils."

You must be registered as a Republican to vote in the Republican primary. But you don't have to be registered as a Democrat to vote in the Democratic primary. Fifty-six percent of voters in Utah are unaffiliated; 8 percent are Democrats, 36 percent are Republicans. If those unaffiliated voters jump into the primary this month, the Deseret News says they could wreak havoc.

State Republican leaders say they trust Utah voters and don't think anyone will jump in to unduly influence the Republican primaries this month.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

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