Thousands attending Utah state party conventions

Saturday , April 21, 2012 - 7:22 AM

Josh Loftin

SALT LAKE CITY -- Thousands of Democrats and Republicans are attending state political conventions to choose their nominees for federal and state offices.

Those casting ballots during Saturday's conventions were selected during neighborhood caucuses last month. There are 4,000 Republican delegates and about 2,500 Democratic delegates.

The Republicans will hold their convention at the South Towne Exposition Center in Sandy. The Democrats are meeting in the Salt Palace in downtown Salt Lake City.

Candidates who receive 60 percent or more of the delegate vote are the party's nominee for that office. Otherwise, the top two finishers go to a primary on June 26.

Multiple candidates are running for nearly every office in both parties, although the Democrats only have one candidate for governor, attorney general and the 4th Congressional District.

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