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No show in 2nd District leaves only 10 candidates

Delegates in Utah's 2nd Congressional District were faced with the choice of 11 candidates at the Utah Republican Convention, too many for the party's new fancy electronic voting machine that only had 10 buttons.

So delegates had to get out of their seats and head to another hall where a whole new podium, speakers, projectors, TelePrompTers and seats awaited them. After the speeches, the delegates will have to vote on paper and wait for volunteer judges to count them up.

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But it wasn't necessary after all.

Candidate Ed Mayorhofer filed for office but didn't show up to Saturday's convention, leaving the field with only 10 candidates, the perfect number to have used the electronic voting system.

Alas, it was too late to change things for the GOP and so now it's on to the paper ballots.

-- Thomas Burr


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