12 candidates sign up for Utah GOP presidential caucus ballot

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SALT LAKE CITY — A dozen Republican candidates will appear on the Utah GOP presidential caucus ballot in March.

Those who met the Dec. 11 filing deadline are former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush; Ben Carson; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie; Texas Sen. Ted Cruz; Carly Fiorina; South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham; former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee; Ohio Gov. John Kasich; Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul; Florida Sen. Marco Rubio; former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum and Donald Trump.

Candidates paid a $7,500 fee to the Utah Republican Party to participate in the March 22 election. Unlike in past presidential primaries, Utah Republicans will vote either online or at their neighborhood caucus meetings held that night.

The Utah Democratic Party is also holding a presidential caucus. Candidates who have signed up so far include former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton; Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders; and former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley

Candidates have until Feb. 5 to file and pay the $2,500 fee to get on the Democratic ballot.

The Republican and Democratic parties use the votes cast in the caucuses to determine who their delegates will support at the national nominating conventions.

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