- Associated Press - Sunday, March 27, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah Democrats say a presidential contest with Donald Trump as the Republican nominee could push other races in their party’s favor.

State Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon said that having Trump as the nominee would help conservative voters to look at other candidates, according to the Salt Lake Tribune (https://bit.ly/1UQDPdv ).

“I truly believe Donald Trump is the most accurate reflection of the Republican Party today and having him as the nominee would be a wake-up call for America and for Utah Republicans that this is what your party has become,” Corroon said. “It is time for you to start looking across the aisle at some of the great candidates we have here in Utah.”

In 2014, some legislative races and a congressional race narrowly went to Republicans, Corroon said. Conservative Democrat Doug Owens was only about 5,000 votes short of unseating U.S. Rep. Mia Love and is once again campaigning for the seat.

Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans said he is also concerned that voters will not cast a ballot if front-runner Trump is the nominee. He said his team is working on what they call “Plan T.”

“It is the plan to ensure that Utah voters come out to vote if we have Trump as the nominee,” Evans said, “because a protest by not voting is not an option.”

Political strategists from both parties say it’s not clear if Trump will have an impact on other races.

Utah has been the state least receptive so far to Trump, who placed third in last week’s caucus results with only 14 percent of the vote.

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Information from: The Salt Lake Tribune, https://www.sltrib.com


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