- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 4, 2015

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is criticizing a push from the Utah Republican Party to use a caucus system instead of a primary election next year when choosing the state’s GOP’s nominee for president.

Romney, who is now a Utah resident, sent a letter Wednesday to Gov. Gary Herbert and other top Republican officials urging their support of legislation that sets the state’s presidential primary election on March 22, 2016.

Utah has held a primary election in past years but for 2016, the state GOP is instead looking to use neighborhood caucus meetings to choose a presidential nominee.

Party chairman James Evans says it will increase turnout.

The party is also fighting a new law allowing all political candidates to bypass the default caucus system and instead compete in primary elections.

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