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For Utah Democrats, presidential clout can come from volunteering across the border

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Posted at 6:57 PM, Feb 10, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-10 20:57:41-05

SALT LAKE CITY -- Utah Democrats who want a voice in presidential elections have been out of luck in their own state since 1964, which is the last time Utah’s Electoral College votes went to a Democrat.

But in recent years, savvy candidates have harnessed the enthusiasm of Utah volunteers to impact events in neighboring states, most notably Nevada, which has recently claimed a spot as the “first in the West” presidential caucus.

In 2016, it’s the Bernie Sanders campaign that has mobilized the most in Utah.

The Sanders campaign website lists phone banks in Midvale, Orem and Salt Lake City, along with carpool trips to canvass in Nevada.

The Hillary Clinton campaign leader in Utah, Rebecca Lipson, says she is aware of individual Utah volunteers who have traveled to Nevada, but said the Utah campaign is focused on Utah’s March 22nd caucus.