Romney takes Utah’s six Electoral College votes
Presidential politics • The Beehive State could be Romney’s biggest win of any state.
Published: November 6, 2012 08:02PM
Updated: November 7, 2012 04:19PM

Boston • As expected, Mitt Romney has won Utah’s six electoral college voters with what is likely to be a landslide vote over President Barack Obama.

Romney struggled nationally, but Utah — which hasn’t voted for a Democrat for president since Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 — may be offering the Republican presidential candidate his largest win of any state.

Some 60 percent of Utahns share Romney’s Mormon faith and he became an adopted favorite son after leading the successful 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Democrats in the state didn’t blush at the Romney victory in the Beehive State.

“Mitt Romney is part of the clan,” said Utah Democratic Party Chairman Jim Dabakis. “He’s part of our tribe and part of our community. This is a magic moment for Utah. ... Utahns feel the same way that African Americans felt in 2008.”

At Romney’s election night headquarters in Boston, his fans watched as many of the key swing states fell Obama’s way, putting a damper on the celebratory mood and quieting the cheers that erupted when early states were called for Romney.

tburr@sltrib.com

Aaron Falk contributed to this report.