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Utah voters deserve a bigger voice than they typically get in the process of selecting the next President of the United States. It is why KSL encourages lawmakers to fully fund a statewide presidential primary election a year from now, on February 5.

When it comes to the selection of a party's candidate for the presidency, Utah, historically, hasn't had much clout. Reflect, for a minute, on the last couple of presidential election cycles. How much attention did western issues receive? How many candidates came to the region in search of support? What influence, if any, did Utah voters have with those who sought the nation's highest office?

Mitt Romney's visit earlier this week must be considered an anomaly. Clearly, he came because of his unique ties to the state and the prospect of raising money from close friends and generous admirers.

Without a timely presidential primary, though, Utah will continue to be an irrelevant "fly-over zone" as most candidates shuttle between states and regions with meaningful contests.

With a number of other key states also planning on holding primaries on February 5, the day is shaping up as one that could become decisive in the quadrennial presidential sweepstakes. It would be unfortunate for Utah voters to be left out of the mix.

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