Mary Thompson leaves the polling booth at Ensign Elementary School in the upper Avenues area of Salt Lake City Tuesday morning as hundreds of thousands of Utahns vote in the state's most significant primary in recent memory. Turnout was heavy at Ensign, as it was at polling places across the state. Polls are open until 8 p.m. Complete election results will run in the Wednesday editions of the Deseret News. There are contested primaries for Republicans and Democrats in the gubernatorial, U.S. Senate, attorney general and Salt Lake County Commission races. There are also Republican primaries in the 2nd Congressional District and Davis County Commission races, as well as primaries in other county commission contests, legislative and school board races. The last time Utah had a primary in a major statewide race was in 1984, when just under 250,000 people voted. In addition to Utah, six other states and the Virgin Islands were voting Tuesday (story on A6).
CAPTION ONLY: LANDMARK PRIMARY WHETS VOTERS' POLITICAL APPETITES
By Deseret News