Utah’s state Legislature is more Republican than the state’s voters. That will continue to be true over the next two years, as one-third of all votes cast for the Utah House in 2018 were for Democratic candidates, but the party won only one-fifth of House seats.

The cause of the disparity is open to interpretation, and is affected by the individual candidates who run for election, the trends that drive voters to the polls, the areas where people choose to live and the arbitrary maps that intentionally or coincidentally group constituents together. And while the popular vote can be an interesting peek at the electorate, it’s effectively meaningless in U.S. elections where you can win by a lot or win by a little, but the loser still loses.

On this week’s episode “Trib Talk,” House Minority Leader Brian King, D-Salt Lake City, and Jeremy Roberts, a former member of the Salt Lake County Republican Party’s executive committee, join Benjamin Wood to discuss Utah’s election results and it’s potential impact on an upcoming round of redistricting in the state.

(Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)
(Christopher Cherrington | The Salt Lake Tribune)

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