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Report From a Utah Caucus-Goer


Photo credit: Tom Arthur via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)
Photo credit: Tom Arthur via Flickr (CC BY-NC-SA 2.0)

I live in Utah and participated in my precinct’s caucus meeting last night. The feeling at the meeting was very anti-Trump. There was very little (read: no) understanding of how anyone could possibly vote for him. One person ran for a State delegate position saying his whole point was to stop Trump. He won. The anti-Trump sentiment was significant enough that people were voting for Ted Cruz whether or not they liked him because they wanted to stop Trump.

There were nine times the number of people they expected in my precinct, which is why it was three hours — in the middle of a snow storm.

The numbers are indicative of what I’ve seen on Facebook. I have many non-political friends who, on Facebook, were checking in at caucuses across the State with photos of long lines snaking through school hallways.

I believe the numbers may have been influenced by the LDS Church. In the past few weeks, a letter was read encouraging caucusing. And last week a member of our Stake Presidency (leadership of several congregations) spent 20 minutes over the pulpit encouraging participation.

Clearly Trump was not the beneficiary.

Margaret Nell is an occasional contributor to

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