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Politics » Utahn Jamie Hartley says nobody was more surprised than she that her politics leaned left.

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"I was impressed by her speech. It got her elected," said Jim Gonzales, a longtime Democratic campaign adviser.

Taylor Hartley is also proud of his wife’s positive spirit and her determination, which led him to recently take the same test his wife did back in college.

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He went plank by plank through the platforms of the Republican and Democratic parties and, just like his wife, determined that the Democratic Party, at least the Utah County variety, was where he belonged.

He switched his party affiliation and will attend this week’s convention with his wife.

"He’s converted," Jamie Hartley says with a giggle.

mcanham@sltrib.comTwitter: @mattcanham

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