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ELECTION 98 MAIN | | REMOTE NAVIGATOR

UTAH

Race Summary

Senate    (1757 of 1759 precincts reporting)
Leckman (D) 33%     Bennett (R) * 64%    
House 01    (638 of 638 precincts reporting)
Beierlein (D) 31%     Hansen (R) * 68%    
House 02    (561 of 561 precincts reporting)
Eskelsen (D) 44%     Cook (R) * 53%     Swim (I) 1%    
House 03    (558 of 560 precincts reporting)
Cannon (R) * 77%    
Updated November 04, 1998 03:40 P.M. EST

TOP RACES

SENATE: Sen. Robert F. Bennett (R), first elected in 1992, is seeking a second term; his opponent is surgeon Scott Leckman (D).
Stuart Rothenberg's Race at a Glance


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POLL HOURS

9 a.m. ET (7 a.m. MT) to 10 p.m. ET (8 p.m. MT)


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SENATOR AND GOVERNOR NOT UP IN 1998

Gov. Michael O. Leavitt (R), first elected 1992; next election in 2000.
Sen. Orrin G. Hatch (R), first elected 1976; next election in 2000.


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VACANCIES

1998 vacancies list


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HOUSE DISTRICTS

  • CD1 (West; Salt Lake City suburbs; Ogden; Logan; rural Utah):
    Steve Beierlein (D); James V. Hansen (inc.) (R)
  • CD2 (Central; parts of Salt Lake City):
    Lily Eskelsen (D); Merrill Cook (inc.) (R)
  • CD3 (East; Provo; Orem; rural Utah):
    No Democratic candidate; Christopher B. Cannon (inc.) (R)


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    PRIMARY DATE

    June 23

    Primary results


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    FILING DEADLINE

    March 17


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    STATEWIDE BALLOT MEASURES

    Total Number: 6

    To Watch:
    Proposition 2: Repeal of Marital Property Divisions
    Would repeal current law in which the real and personal estate of every woman before marriage cannot be liable for the debts or obligations of her husband once she is married and which she can convey to others at her own discretion.

    Prop 4: Elimination of Voting Rights for Convicted Felons
    Would bar any mentally incompetent person, convicted felon and other certain criminals from voting.


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    PARTY CONTROL

    Governor: Republican
    U.S. Senate: 2 Republicans
    U.S. House of Representatives: 3 Republicans
    State Senate: 9 Democrats, 20 Republicans
    State House of Representatives: 20 Democrats, 55 Republicans


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    STATE LEGISLATIVE ELECTIONS

    Senate: 15 seats are up
    House: All 75 seats are up


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    PARTY REGISTRATION

    None

    State Projected Voting Age Population: 1,333,000 (1998)
    Registered Voters: 1,125,010 (As of 7/3/98)


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    ELECTORAL VOTES

    5


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    PRESIDENTIAL VOTING HISTORY

    Dole won in 1996; Bush in 1992; Bush in 1988; Reagan in 1984; Reagan in 1980; Ford in 1976; Nixon in 1972; Nixon in 1968; Johnson in 1964; Nixon in 1960.

    LAST TIME VOTED DEMOCRATIC FOR PRESIDENT: 1964

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1996:

    Dole 54%
    Clinton 33%
    Perot 10%
    Other 2%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1992:

    Bush 43.4%
    Perot 27.3%
    Clinton 24.7%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1988:

    Bush 66%
    Dukakis 32%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1984:

    Reagan 75%
    Mondale 25%

    PRESIDENTIAL VOTE IN 1980:

    Reagan 73%
    Carter 21%
    Anderson 5%


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    PAST EXIT POLLS

    1992:

    1996:


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    TURNOUT

    Historical voter turnout as a percentage of the voting age population 1996-1960


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    DEMOGRAPHICS

    Population: 2,000,000 (1996)
    (% of voting age population)

    White: 95%
    African American: 0.7%
    Asian:
    Native American:
    Other/Undeclared: 4%

    Persons of Hispanic origin account for 5.2% of the voting population (from 1990 Census)


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    STATE TIDBITS

    State Capital: Salt Lake City
    State Nickname: The Beehive State

    Utah has long been a conservative stronghold. Since Mormon leader Brigham Young led his followers to their new desert home in 1847, the church has dominated both politics and daily life. In 1991, Utah passed the strictest abortion law in the country, permitting the procedure only in cases of rape or incest or if the mother's life is endangered. Former Republican Sen. Jake Garn of Utah is the only senator to have flown on a space shuttle. Democrats lost their Utah toehold in 1996 with Rep. Bill Orton's defeat by Christopher Cannon. Consequently, Utah's entire congressional delegation is Republican. Republican Sen. Bob Bennett, the son of former four-term Sen. Wallace Bennett, is running for his second six-year, and reportedly last, term.


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    RELATED SITES

    NOTE: External sites will open in a new browser window.

    Government:

    Utah Lt. Governor's Home Page
    http://www.governor.state.ut.us/menu/html/Lt_Gover.html
    Utah Office of Elections
    http://www.governor.state.ut.us/menu/html/elections.html
    Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt's Home Page
    http://www.governor.state.ut.us/
    Utah State Senate
    http://www.senate.le.state.ut.us/
    Utah State House of Representatives
    http://www.le.state.ut.us/house/house.htm

    News Media:

    CNN Affiliates

    Salt Lake City KSL
    http://www.ksl.com:80/TV/
    Salt Lake City KTVX
    http://www.4utah.com/

    State Newspapers

    Provo Daily Herald
    http://www.daily-herald.com
    Salt Lake Deseret News
    http://www.desnews.com
    The Salt Lake Tribune
    http://www.sltrib.com

    General Interest:

    The White House
    http://www.whitehouse.gov/WH/Welcome.html
    The House of Representatives
    http://www.house.gov/
    The Senate
    http://www.senate.gov/
    Library of Congress -- The Legislative Branch
    http://lcweb.loc.gov/global/legislative/congress.html
    Congressional Quarterly's American Voter
    http://voter.cq.com/
    Congressional Quarterly's VoteWatch
    http://pathfinder.com/CQ/
    THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet
    http://thomas.loc.gov/
    Federal Election Commission
    http://www.fec.gov/
    Democratic National Committee
    http://www.democrats.org/
    Republican National Committee
    http://www.rnc.org/
    Project Vote Smart
    http://www.vote-smart.org
    Policy.com
    http://www.policy.com/


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    Updated: October 25, 1998



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