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Utah getting Democratic Presidential candidate attention for the first time

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Posted at 7:12 PM, Feb 10, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-10 23:21:48-05

The campaign of former New York City Mayor and billionaire businessman Mike Bloomberg has had a large presence in Utah for weeks, owning the airwaves and hiring employees.

“In a little over a month, we have built a staff of 19, which is unprecedented in Utah history with Democratic presidential candidates,” said Utah Director of Mike for President Lauren Littlefield.

Now the other major candidates are turning staff and resources to Utah as they fold up Iowa operations and move closer to Super Tuesday, March 3 – the make-or-break day when Utah and 13 other states will choose delegates.

Bloomberg visited the Beehive State in January and on February 17, and former South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttiegieg has scheduled a town hall in Salt Lake City.

Buttiegieg has a full time Utah Director on the way, just reassigned from duties in Iowa.

Former Vice President Joe Biden and Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren also have staff directors assigned to Utah.

Former State Senate Minority Leader Scott Howell spoke for the Biden campaign.

"His experience, his intelligence and his moral code is exactly what Utahns want," Howell told FOX 13.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders won the Utah primary vote by a wide margin in 2016, and he will begin running television commercials this weekend.

Businessman Andrew Yang has an active volunteer group in Utah, especially among college students at the University of Utah.

Talking with state Democrats and searching online, FOX 13 did not find a Utah presence for Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar or businessman Tom Steyer. We’ll continue to cover the campaign as Super Tuesday approaches.

If you want to learn about Utah campaigns for the Democratic nomination, follow the links below:

Bernie Sanders

Pete Buttigieg

Andrew Yang

Elizabeth Warren

Joe Biden

Mike Bloomberg