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Richard Piatt ReportingIt is Primary election day in Utah. Along with various mayor and city council runoff races across the state, the high-stakes contest for Salt Lake City mayor is attracting voters to the polls.
All three candidates are right now in a final push to get voters to the polls. So far people have been showing up with turnout described as moderate.
Each of the tope three candidates went out to vote early this morning, urging everyone to cast a ballot along the way. Typically not many people vote in primaries, and Mayor Rocky Anderson says that means each vote carries a lot of weight. Challenger Frank Pignanelli is urging his supporters to vote to make a change.
Generally in a primary, about 25-percent of those who are eligible cast a ballot. Right now projections are less than 20-percent.
Political newcomer Molonai Hola says he has confidence in his support. The top two vote-getters today square off in the November General Election.
Molonai Hola, Candidate for SLC Mayor: “We're only three points behind Frank among those who are definitely going to vote. So we may have a chance."
Frank Pignanelli, Candidate for SLC Mayor: “This has been a real grass-roots effort. We'll show that you can be in a grass roots campaign and still do very well against a half-million dollar media bombardment."
Polls are open ‘til eight. The county clerk’s office hopes turn-out picks up as the day goes on.