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David Magleby: Interpreting the Utah results from Super Tuesday

(Rick Egan | Tribune file photo) Bernie Sanders supporters cheer as the watch the returns come in at an election watch party at the Teamsters & Chauffeurs Union in West Valley on Super Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

A distinctive element of democracy in the United States is that voters play a key role in deciding who runs under party labels in general elections. Translating the vote from a caucus or primary to the share of delegates candidates receive has been the subject of contention in both parties.

Democrats apportion delegates based on the popular vote, but with a requirement that a candidate needs to cross a 15% threshold, either at the statewide or congressional district levels, to get any delegates. Republicans have a wider range of rules.

Last Tuesday, much was made of how many states Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders each won. By this metric Biden “won” 10 states and Sanders four. But this does not account for the margin of victory for each candidate, nor does it summarize who got the most delegates.

In Virginia, for example, Biden got 53 percent of the vote compared to Sanders at 23%, with the remainder going to the other candidates. As of Friday, this resulted in Biden getting 66 delegates compared to Sanders at 31 and Elizabeth Warren with two. In Vermont, Sanders’ home state, the results were 51% for Sanders and 22% for Biden, with Sanders getting 11 delegates and Biden five. These numbers may change as all ballots are counted and delegates allocated in congressional districts.

In Utah, as of Friday, Sanders had 35% of the vote, just exceeding the combined share of the vote that went to Michael Bloomberg and Biden. Unlike Biden in Virginia or Sanders in Vermont, no candidate got a majority of the vote. Sanders fell well below the large 2016 majority when he received 79% of the vote. In 2016, Sanders got 27 of Utah’s 33 pledged delegates. In 2020 the final allocation is days away, but Sanders likely will get at least seven delegates to Biden’s three. Bloomberg and Warren are likely to get delegates from Utah once the congressional district vote is reported.

Sanders’ plurality victory in Colorado is very similar to Utah. There he got 36% of the vote, Biden 24%, Bloomberg 21% and Warren 17%.

While Sanders has been declared the winner of the Utah primary in 2020, a case can be made that the winner is indeterminate. The moderate voters who supported Bloomberg and Biden can claim they matched Sanders in turnout. In response, Democratic liberals or progressives in Utah could say their wing of the party really won, because when Elizabeth Warren’s vote share is combined with Sanders, the total is half of all Utah voters. Warren withdrew from the race on Thursday but, unlike the moderates, has not endorsed Sanders or any other candidate.

The 2020 Utah Democratic presidential primary saw a substantial rise in turnout. When all votes are tallied, the total vote cast in 2020 will nearly double the vote cast in 2016. This surge is not explained by an increase in Sanders support rather, the increase comes largely from the other Democratic candidates in 2020 having many more voters than Hillary Clinton did. The Sanders campaign claims to be activating new voters, but there is no evidence that his base of support in Utah grew since 2016.

One final takeaway from Tuesday. Moving to early voting and vote-by-mail is a mistake in fast-moving primary elections. Political scientists have long worried that early voting denies voters the chance to factor late breaking news into their voting calculus. Late breaking news likely factored into the Utah 2020 primary vote.

Voters who had voted days or weeks before Tuesday cast ballots for candidates who had dropped out of the race, meaning they had no say in who got delegates in Utah. More than 26,000 votes were cast for candidates who dropped out of the race before Utah stopped taking ballots on Tuesday. Exit polls in other states showed that late deciders in the primary went heavily to Joe Biden. Biden’s victory in South Carolina only three days before voting closed in Utah appears to have boosted the former vice president and led to Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar dropping out. But Utah voters who cast their ballots before Sunday did not have this information.

(Kylea Knecht | Courtesy of BYU) David Magleby is a professor of political science, emeritus, and former dean of the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences at Brigham Young University.

David Magleby, Provo, is a distinguished professor of political science, emeritus, at Brigham Young University and formerly the dean of the College of Family, Home and Social Sciences.

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The following candidates were on the ballot in Utah:

Utah is one of 14 states which held primaries on March 3, 2020, also known as "Super Tuesday", after the creation of a state-funded presidential primary option in a bill signed on March 22, 2017 a shift to a Super Tuesday contest after the signing of a bill shifting the primary date on March 27, 2019 and the confirmation that the Utah Democratic Party would opt to use the state-funded presidential primary rather than a party-run caucus as in 2016 on April 1, 2019. [2] [3]

Voting took place throughout the state from 7:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. In the primary, candidates must meet a threshold of 15 percent at the congressional district or statewide level in order to be considered viable. The 29 pledged delegates to the 2020 Democratic National Convention were allocated proportionally on the basis of the results of the primary. Of the 29 pledged delegates, between 2 and 7 are allocated to each of the state's 4 congressional districts and another 4 are allocated to party leaders and elected officials (PLEO delegates), in addition to 6 at-large pledged delegates. Bonus delegates were be allocated as Utah shared a primary date with numerous other states on Super Tuesday these numbers do not yet account for these delegates. [4]

After county conventions nominating delegates to the state convention between Friday, March 20, 2020 and Saturday, April 4, 2020 as well as neighborhood caucuses to select delegates to the county conventions between Friday, March 20 and Monday, April 27, 2020, the state convention was subsequently held between Friday, April 17 and Saturday, April 18, 2020 to vote on national convention delegates, including 6 unpledged PLEO delegates (5 members of the Democratic National Committee and U.S. Representative Ben McAdams). [4]

As one of the Super Tuesday states, the state had received relatively little attention by the national media. Campaign advertising was dominated by Michael Bloomberg, whose self-funded organization flooded the airwaves with ads, and Bernie Sanders, whose organization had roots in the state and who led in the only poll that was taken in January.

Bloomberg held a major rally in Salt Lake City on February 20, 2020 [5] and Pete Buttigieg held one on February 17. [6] Others may have had smaller events.

In-person early voting starts in Utah for Super Tuesday

SALT LAKE COUNTY – Voters in Utah are already getting a jump on Super Tuesday as they pick the candidates they want to see representing the political parties. Today is the first day of in-person early voting for the primary elections and county clerks in Utah say interest in voting is way up this year.

In Davis County, election officials are urging people to mail in their ballots as quickly as possible. They say voter interest is very high and they don’t want people waiting in long lines on Super Tuesday.

5/5 | DAVIS COUNTY UTAH VOTING INFO: The Clerk/Auditor’s office anticipates high interest in this election. Avoid long lines at polling locations: have your ballot sent to you prior to Election Day. Don’t hesitate—request your mail-in ballot today.

— Davis County Sheriff’s Office (@DavisSheriffUT) February 18, 2020

In Utah County, clerks have already received over 13,000 early ballots, with the majority of them coming On Feb. 18 th . Officials there say they saw a big spike in the number of people registering to vote thanks to the referendum on the now-repealed tax code.

In Salt Lake County, they’re also watching voter interest increase significantly.

“At one point, I heard we had about 6,000 additional registrations. This early in the year, that’s a record,” according to County Clerk Sherrie Swensen.

Super Tuesday is a very different thing than the primary Utah participated in 2008, according to Swensen. Back then, the candidates had essentially already been decided by the time Utahns got to weigh in. This year, voters in this state will have a more prominent impact on shaping who the candidates are.

(Voting machines set up in the Salt Lake County Clerk’s Office. Credit: Paul Nelson)

For now, there’s only one place people can vote in person in Salt Lake County, and that’s inside the clerk’s office. However, Swensen says they’ve been getting a swarm of ballots in the mail.

She says, “So far, we’ve received about 40,000 ballots back at this point. That’s a large number.”

In order to vote in the Republican primary, you have to be a registered Republican. The same isn’t true for the Democratic ballot. You can be unaffiliated and still request a ballot for that party. Swensen says they’re getting a lot of calls from people who are confused about party affiliation rules.

“They’re unaffiliated voters and they’re saying, ‘I just want to be independent or unaffiliated.’ But, this is a nomination for the candidates for the political parties,” she says.

As vote-by-mail becomes increasingly popular in Utah, Swensen says they see one big problem. Too many people are forgetting to sign the affidavit that comes with the return ballot. Without that signature, Swensen says they can’t process that vote.

“I can’t believe, still, the number of who return their envelope and don’t sign that affidavit,” Swensen says.

Also, if you want to send your ballot by mail, it has to be postmarked by the Monday before Super Tuesday. If you drop your ballot in the mailbox on Election Day, it won’t be processed in time.

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This Super Tuesday, Democrats are holding an open primary which the county clerk says slows down the process.

“With that many Democratic candidates in the contest I think people were waiting to see what the candidates were going to do,” said Swensen. “Once the vote centers close down the poll workers will get their paper and everything goes back to the county government center and they are returned by sheriffs deputies.”

The polls close at 8 p.m. and unofficial results will be posted to the county’s website. Official results are expected on March 17.


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Utah Super Tuesday: Beehive State Joins 13 Others For Primary Election

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – There are 29 delegates up for grabs in Utah as The Beehive State takes part in its first Super Tuesday.

A candidate will need 15 percent of the vote to get any of those delegates.

Voters can begin casting their ballots at 7 a.m. at polling locations. Some counties have mail-in ballots only this year, but there are locations where those ballots can be dropped off. Find them at vote.utah.gov.

More than a million voters across more than a dozen states have already voted early or by mail-in ballot.

Tuesday’s primaries will play a pivotal role in deciding which Democratic challenger will go up against President Donald Trump in November.

In the days leading up to Super Tuesday, both Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Amy Klobuchar dropped their bids for the nomination. Both are still officially on the Utah ballot. There are some states that allow a person to re-vote if their original candidate drops out. Unfortunately, Utah is not among them.

Salt Lake County Clerk Sherrie Swensen said early voters who cast ballots for Buttigieg or Klobuchar cannot vote again. However, early voting numbers have been low.

“I think a lot of people are waiting to see what candidates were going to do – and rightfully so,” Swensen said.

To vote in the Republican primary, Utah residents will have to be registered as Republicans. The Democratic primary is open to everyone, regardless of party affiliation.


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How Utah Became the Next Silicon Valley

A couple of years ago, Mark Muro, a fellow at the Brookings Institution, noticed, along with some of his colleagues, that when politicians and businesspeople debated how the U.S. could be more economically competitive, the conversations tended to focus on promoting certain innovative industries. But, more often than not, the discussions said as much about who held the microphone as they did about what mattered for growth that is, people kept talking about the industries in which they were involved, instead of figuring out what the most innovative industries had in common and how their successes could be replicated. “The manufacturing people promote manufacturing,” Muro told me. “There is a separate energy discussion. And meanwhile we have a vivid, sophisticated, but somewhat disconnected ‘high-tech’ or digital discussion ongoing.” So Muro and his colleagues at Brookings’ Metropolitan Policy Program identified a few simple traits that are associated with innovation, and grouped together the industries that share those traits to come up with what Muro describes as a “super-sector.” Then they set out to learn where this super-sector of advanced industries exists in the United States, and what lessons could be gleaned from those places.

On Tuesday, Brookings is publishing its findings in an eighty-eight-page report. Some of the industries that comprise their super-sector have an old-fashioned ring (“Clay Products,” “Ship and Boat Building,” and “Metal Ore Mining” are grouped together with “Software Publishers” and “Communications Equipment”), but they share two important features. They invest a great deal in research and development—more than four hundred and fifty dollars per worker—and they employ high proportions of people from the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math, collectively known as the S.T.E.M. fields. As a whole, the super-sector is responsible for seventeen per cent of U.S. G.D.P. and accounts for nearly two-thirds of our exports. It also employs eighty per cent of our engineers and makes up ninety per cent of our private R. & D. spending. But the super-sector is also at risk, Muro and his colleagues argue, because the U.S. runs a trade deficit in most advanced industries. The Brookings report, like many Brookings reports, is as much a call to action as it is a research document—urging governments and business groups to invest more, and more effectively, in innovative industries.

Muro and his colleagues also mapped their super-sector, and the results are surprising and instructive. Some of the metropolitan areas with the highest concentration of employees in the sector were expected: the area around San Jose, California, is number one, for example, followed by the Seattle area. But they also found that Utah had three cities in the top fifteen: the metropolitan areas of Salt Lake City, Provo, and Ogden. This fascinated Muro, especially when he realized that much of the employment in the sector was coming from well-known companies that have opened offices in Utah, like the software firm Adobe, or from startups that have come to be worth billions of dollars. (In 2013, the C.E.O. of one such startup, the software company Qualtrics*, wrote that his firm, which had recently been valued by investors at more than a billion dollars, was headquartered within a thousand yards of two other startups worth more than a billion dollars.) “You think this is going to be fairly corn-pone stuff, and then you realize, ‘Holy cow, these are significant companies,’” Muro said.

The report shows other unanticipated cities with high concentrations of advanced industries—Wichita, Kansas, for example—but these places tend to rely heavily on single industries, and they tend to stand alone rather than being clustered. In Utah, by contrast, the firms aren’t concentrated in one particular sector—the state’s super-sector employment comes largely from software businesses, but also from medical-device manufacturers and makers of aerospace products, among others—and the three cities on the list are all within driving and public-transit distance of one another. “We don’t pay attention to Utah much, and Utah clearly sticks to its own affairs,” Muro said. “There’s a sense that they’re not like some metros, selling themselves externally, and yet, they do seem to be executing.”

How are they doing it? Some observers, including Muro, have pointed to a certain cultural knack for salesmanship and entrepreneurship among Mormons, who make up two-thirds of the state’s population. But, religion aside, Utah turns out to also have features in common with other places involved in the super-sector: local universities that graduate a lot of S.T.E.M. students (most notably, Brigham Young University) policies and infrastructure that attract businesses (for instance, tax breaks and a light-rail system that connects the state’s biggest cities) and strong relationships among local companies (Utah’s state and local governments, along with an economic-development organization, facilitate partnerships, and, because many of Utah’s businesses are home-grown, and the state’s population is small, densely located, and tightly knit, its businesspeople tend to get to know each other well).

In fact, the Wasatch Front region of Utah—the small section that contains Provo, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, and is home to eighty per cent of the state’s population—looks a lot like Silicon Valley in certain ways. Much as Intel and other semiconductor manufacturers helped create Silicon Valley, the software company Novell—one of the flagships for the Utah super-sector—was founded in Provo, in the nineteen-seventies, and helped attract, and spawn, other local tech businesses. Also, the Wasatch Front, like Silicon Valley, is densely populated and connected by a freeway and a mass-transit system. And, especially since the mid-aughts, venture capitalists have invested surprising amounts in Utah companies in the first half of last year, the state was the sixth most popular destination for venture-capital funding.

To understand how those features help stimulate local economies—and how that growth perpetuates itself—consider the small town of Draper, Utah, part of which is included in the metropolitan area of Salt Lake City, to its north, and part of which is the metropolitan area of Provo, to its south. The population of Draper rose rapidly in the nineties and aughts, during a statewide population boom. The scale might seem modest to someone from San Jose or Seattle—Draper’s population is just over forty-five thousand—until you consider that, twenty years ago, fewer than ten thousand people lived there, in what was then a quiet agricultural village. Troy Walker, the mayor, grew up in a nearby town and moved to Draper in the early aughts. “It was interesting, watching these fields turn into homes,” he recalls. “There was a big dairy operation where, right now, there’s a whole bunch of commercial buildings and a high-end apartment complex.” Walker believes Draper’s population will reach a hundred thousand before too long.

Walker told me that when he got involved in local politics several years ago, as a member of the city council, he encountered a philosophical rift. Longtime residents of Draper wanted it to remain mostly residential, while he and some other newcomers felt that the local government wouldn’t be able to provide proper services and infrastructure to the influx of residents unless they became more aggressive in courting businesses and the tax revenue they provide. Over time, the newcomers have prevailed, in part because they have come to outnumber the old-timers. Walker and his allies advocated for the regional light-rail system to be extended to Draper and won.

Lured by factors such as tax breaks, affordable real estate, an educated populace (many of whom had foreign-language skills gained during missionary trips), and the strong public-transit system, big companies, ranging from eBay and E.M.C. to Edwards Lifesciences, which makes heart valves, started opening offices in town, employing many hundreds of people each. Startups, too, have sprouted up, some of them founded by B.Y.U. graduates. The unemployment rate in Draper is around three per cent, compared to six per cent nationwide, Now, the state legislature has voted to relocate a state prison that has been based there for decades. Walker envisions turning that real estate into a multi-use development with housing and businesses—anchored, he hopes, by a big corporation.

The open question is whether the success of a place like Draper can be replicated. For years, researchers and policymakers have tried to figure out how to copy Silicon Valley’s success elsewhere, with mixed success you can’t, of course, turn back time to the nineteen-seventies and insert an Intel or a Novell—or, for that matter, a Stanford or B.Y.U.—into every state. Still, the Brookings researchers argue that Utah’s cities, and other places like them, offer a number of crucial lessons, if governments and businesses elsewhere are willing to heed them: expand government- and corporate-funded R. &. D. nurture startups by getting them capital and other help improve the pipeline of S.T.E.M. workers through schools, universities, and corporate-funded training programs and collaborate to create local “ecosystems” that encourage super-sector companies to cluster together. As the report puts it, “The speed and complexity of innovation and its global champions are ratcheting up the urgency of the enterprise”—that is, the ongoing national enterprise of encouraging innovation—“and demanding new strategies for engaging in it. Both the private and public sectors must radically rethink their technology development strategies accordingly if they are to remain relevant.”

*Correction: An earlier version of this post misspelled the name of the company Qualtrics.

Super Six One Week Itinerary

So you’ve picked Utah as your family vacation destination. Well done. Utah is sort of like Disneyland because it’s a whole ton of amazing non-stop adventure concentrated into one area. But mostly Utah wins because Mars-like landscapes are for real here, and kids can run jump get muddy get sandy rockhound learn geology without even realizing it because holy sandstone layers and holy night skies filled with wondrous constellations you ain’t never gonna see in the suburbs let alone the big city. The only problem with Utah: there’s too friggin’ much to do. Solution: Green River. This town is adventure central for families where you can access the Super Six: Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Goblin Valley State Park, the San Rafael Swell, and Swasey’s Beach. Here’s how you can do it all in seven days.

Travel Time Details

Salt Lake City → Green River - 3 hours

Swasey’s Beach - 20 minutes from Main Street

DAY ONE : Travel

From Salt Lake City you’ll be in the car for approximately 3 hours. Maybe 3.5 hours with pit stops. Favorite pit stops:

If you want to take a slightly longer route, Rowley’s Red Barn, Santaquin, 59 minutes from SLC (apple cider doughnuts, homemade fudge, locally made ice cream, fresh fruit and other produce, pies, and all the yummy things)

Beef Jerky shacks - Highway 6 (local dudes selling their homemade jerky--look for signs as soon as you enter Spanish Fork Canyon)

Wellington -- good ol’ Chevron with a Subway. Fuel up the car and the littles. Because you haven’t had enough food yet, right?

La Pasadita Taco Truck | Green River, Utah

We recommend getting an early start because you’ll want to be in Green River for lunch.

Lunch at the taco truck, La Pasadita, on Main Street. Order anything and everything you can. You’ll probably do at least one meal a day here. It’s homemade Mexican goodness. Favorites: tamales and chile rellenos.

Check in to hotel / find camping spot, unpack & organize, run to the store for supplies. Find lodging options here.

Ray's Tavern | Green River, Utah

Dinner at Ray's Tavern - a classic river rafters' favorite with burgers and fries (you can order them extra crispy upon request).

DAY TWO : San Rafael Swell & Goblin Valley

You can eat out at GR Coffee, Tamarisk, West Winds and then pick up lunch at Melon Vine grocery store.

Lunch & dinner (you’ll be out in the boonies all day and into the night)

Sweatshirt & jacket (evenings can get cool)

Maps (Don't have one? We recommend browsing through these ones)

Field Journal (for sketching and notes)

Little Wild Horse Canyon | San Rafael Swell

Drive to Little Wild Horse Canyon trailhead - 1 hour, 23 minutes

Little Wild Horse Canyon: a fun introduction to slot canyons. It's an 8-mile round trip canyon, but you can just do part of it depending on what your littles are up for. Be ready for scrambling over boulders here and there and squeezing through some tight spots. This hike will keep everyone interested. Not boring.

Back in the car for a short 23-minute drive to Goblin Valley State Park.

After the tunnel-like slot canyon morning, this playground is wide open and ready for kids to run amok. They will be running every which direction before you know it. Try to grab them first thing and set a meeting spot and time, just in case. But, for the most part, you'll be able to see them and have a good idea of their location as they jump, run, crawl and meander through alien-like rock sculptures. Once the littles have run their guts out, they'll probably start up some hide-and-seek shenanigans. This could go on for hours. And you’ll be gathering the most wonderful memories that you can tuck away in that big ol' parent heart of yours.

Stick around and watch the sun set and the stars appear. Is this Tatooine? Jakku? It might as well be. And you might as well be Princess Leia contemplating how to save this gorgeous universe. This is where you'll really want to have read up on your star charts. But first, just soak it up. How can you not take a deep breath and sigh out every stress you can't even remember any more because. the universe! Hang around as long as you like. Find constellations with the kids and make up your own. When you've identified your heart's deepest desires, load the fam up in the car and listen to James Taylor sing about sweet baby something as the kids are lulled to sleep.

Utah results: Bernie Sanders wins Super Tuesday vote

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders has won Utah, claiming victory in his third primary contest of Super Tuesday as polls close on the West Coast and early results emerge.

The state holds 29 delegates.

Utah's Democratic Party estimates Latinos represent 14 per cent of a state that is largely white, as the Vermont Senator's campaign has bet on its support among Latino and Hispanic communities to carry him to wins in crucial states.

In 2016, four in five Democrats chose Mr Sanders over Hillary Clinton, and he was projected to win 28 per cent of the vote in 2020 in a more-crowded field but wasn't guaranteed a landslide victory.

It was another state that held a caucus rather than a primary, much like Minnesota, which Mr Sanders also won.


Many voters mailed in their ballots in the days and weeks ahead of Tuesday, with a significant number of ballots counting towards candidates no longer in the race.

Moments before the race was called for the senator, he addressed a crowd in Vermont, taking aim at Joe Biden, who is carrying more state victories on Super Tuesday.

"You cannot beat Trump with the same ol', same ol' kind of politics", Mr Sanders said. "What we need a is a new politics that brings working class people into our political movement, that brings young people into our political movement, and in November will create the highest voter turnout in American political history."

He said the race between him and the former vice president is a "contrast in ideas" between a senator who opposed the Iraq War ("you're looking at him") and another who voted for it, as well as opposing views on cutting Social Security and other issues on which both men are in stark contrast.

Mr Biden has won several states tonight, cementing his lead in the South, as Sanders pursues major victories in delegate-heavy Texas and California, which are the primary's bigger trophies, with a smattering of smaller states with fewer delegates to divvy among them.