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Few Utahns Undecided on Presidential Race

Few Utahns Undecided on Presidential Race



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Richard Piatt ReportingThere is tremendous pressure on John Kerry to make an impression at tonight's Democratic Convention. Kerry will be going after the undecided voter tonight, but in Utah there aren't too many of those in the Presidential race.

There's no question this is a crucial moment for Kerry. He has to both let people know who he is and what he'll do. But in Utah, will it make a difference?

It’s a John Kerry we don't see too often -- laughing, joking, relaxed during a microphone check at Boston's Fleet Center. But it's a John Kerry Democrats are hoping to show tonight -- who he is, where he comes from. A video produced by Steven Spielberg will be part of it too.

But it's going to take more than that to change people's minds in the swing states---and in Utah, too. Outside Salt Lake City's public library today, one man told us why.

Tom Linkous, Utah Voter: "I just don't care for the way he flip flops on the issues, ideas. And I think he presents the face that people want to see."

Kerry's perceived 'Flip-flopping' has resonated with the public, along with questions about how he'd handle national security.

Matthew Burbank, Political Science, Univ. of Utah: "What he needs to do, more than anything else is present a positive vision about what he would do as president."

But there are relatively few voters Kerry can convince in Utah. Undecided voters are less than seven percent of the 920 people recently surveyed by Dan Jones for KSL and the Deseret Morning News. George W. Bush attracts a solid majority in Utah.

Nationwide, Kerry needs a rousing speech, like the one his running mate gave Wednesday night.

But as important as the speech is, it's just a beginning for Kerry, whose supporters already seem leery of campaign rhetoric.

Charlotte Stewart, Utah Voter: "I would think that for most democrats it would be very important. I mean, what else do we have to choose from?"

Tomorrow, Kerry and Edwards leave together on a 21 state, two week bus, train, boat and plane tour of the nation.

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