Utah has been called a one-party state, and sometimes it does not even rise to that level. One such time was this Tuesday’s GOP presidential primary.
Because I want to actually participate actively in the US political process I have been a registered Republican since I first moved to Utah about a decade and a half ago. As a result I get all sorts of personal calls from Mitt Romney, and other important republicans. Usually they are asking for support; I think that means money.
Tuesday, when I marched through a set of doors plastered with voter-ID-law notices to vote, I found out that I had been purged from the GOP. I am apparently undeclared now. How do they decide who to purge? Did I anger somebody in the state party headquarters, and if so how can I do it again?
I was able to vote, but only by signing some form they had a large stack of on-hand. The poll workers said that “It happens a lot” and that “Some computer somewhere did it”.
The poll workers did not look amused by my remark that I was pleased to be a republican because it was obviously the party of our future robotic overlords. they probably thought I was making a snide remark about Mitt Romney. One does not make snide comments about Mitt Romney in polite Utah GOP company.
I compliantly cast my electronic ballot.
Despite the fact that he had long ago dropped out of the race I voted for Newt Gingrich. The vote was safe, and the other options poor. I still hope that someone will pick up on his moon-base proposal and make it happen. Despite the fact that I don’t really think Newt would make an acceptable president the moon-base proposition is the best policy proposal I have heard from any candidate, ever.
My vote helped propelled Newt into capturing a double digit percentage of the Utah voting population. By double digit I mean 0.49%, or almost one half of one percent. This large showing solidly secured him fourth-place in the race.
Rick Santorum secured a triple-digit percentage with 1.52% of the vote. Ron Paul, who may be the only person confused about the status of the GOP nomination going into these last primaries, came in second with a resounding 4.70%. Ron Paul really gained ground from his 2008 Utah showing where he only managed to get 2.99% for his third-place showing in that race.
Mitt Romney was the big winner. As far as I can make out his 93.05% win is the largest margin of victory in a contested presidential primary ever. I could be wrong. Heck 93.05% even beats Mitt’s 2008 Utah win. In 2008 Mitt only won a measly 89.49%. Could the extra 3.56% presage a national victory for Mitt?