Utah Republicans meet Saturday in their state convention in Cottonwood High School. Besides the major contests already detailed this week in the Deseret News, Gov. Mike Leavitt is expected to push aside two minor party challenges and win his party's nomination.
About 2,500 delegates are expected to attend the convention, which may last well into the afternoon because of multiple ballots in the 2nd and 3rd Congressional District races. There are seven GOP candidates in the 2nd District, six in the 3rd District. There are also three GOP candidates in the attorney general race.Leavitt is expected to get more than 70 percent of the delegate vote, eliminating his two challengers and win the nomination outright. If no single candidate in the 2nd or 3rd districts gets 70 percent of the vote, there will be a June 25 primary between the final two top candidates after the multiple ballots.
Former Republican presidential candidate Steve Forbes is the keynote speaker. To accommodate Forbes' schedule, delegates will gather at 8:30 a.m. for his talk, scheduled for only 10 or 15 minutes in length.