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Republican State Delegates Back Male Candidates; Herbert and Romney help Weiler Oust Marci Green Campbell

Because of the Coronavirus, state delegates elected to serve in 2018 were asked to help select the Republican candidates at the GOP’s virtual convention. When the dust settled, 82% of the parties nominees or primary candidates were male and 18% were female. 20 of the nominees, including those who were elected by acclamation, were male (83%), 4 female (17%). 16 candidates advanced to primary elections by the delegates are male (80%) and 4 female (20%).

In the gubernatorial race 2 men advanced to the primary ballot. The only woman in the race came in third and was eliminated. Score: Men 2 Women 0.

In the Congressional races, two men won their races outright and will not have a primary election. The delegates advanced 5 men and 1 woman to the primary ballot. A woman finished 3rd in the 1st District and was eliminated. Score: Men 7, women 1.

No women filed in the Attorney General Race; therefore, the delegates advanced 2 men to the primary. Score: Men 2 Women 0.

Only two women contested Senate seats decided by state delegates—one barely made it into the primary against Senator Curt Bramble. In the other race, Governor Herbert, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney and the Utah [Big Business] Tax Association all endorsed incumbent Todd Weiler in his race against tax referendum heroine Marci Green Campbell who was eliminated in convention. So, in the state Senate races 3 male incumbents were unopposed. In the five contested races, 5 men and 1 woman moved on to the primary. One man and one woman were defeated outright and denied a spot on the primary ballot. Score: Men 8 Women 1.

State House races that were decided by state delegates saw 6 male and 3 female incumbents move ahead without any challengers. Three men defeated the women who challenged them in convention by gaining at least 60% of the delegate votes. Four men and zero women were advanced to the primary election.  Score: Men 13, Women 3.

Women fared a little better in State School Board races. Two men and one woman gained the Party’s nomination by obtaining at least 60% in convention while 2 men and 2 women were sent on to primary elections. Score: Men 4 Women 3.

So, when the Republican state convention ended, a total of 36 men were either the nominees (20) or in a primary election (16) while only 8 women were either the nominees (3) or in a primary election (5)—82% men, 18% women.

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Ronald Mortensen

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