Karras Confident He Can Overcome Spending Gap in Primary

Karras Confident He Can Overcome Spending Gap in Primary

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- Nolan Karras is confident he can overcome the spending gap in the race to be the Repulican candidate in Utah's gubernatorial race.

It won't be easy. Karras faces Jon Huntsman (junior) in Tuesday's G-O-P primary.

Huntsman is the son of one of Utah's best-known businessmen and was a diplomat in the first Bush Administration. He also is well ahead in the race, according to the latest polls.

Huntsman has spent more than 1-point-3 (m) million dollars on the race so far, and expects to spend a total of three (m) million if he advances to the general election.

Karras is chairman of the state Board of Regents. He says he's swaying voters to his side with face-to-face meetings.

The winner of the Republican primary will face Democrat Scott Matheson (junior) in November.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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