Washington • The presidential race between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama won't be decided by mid-Salt Lake Valley's vote, but residents are throwing money at both candidates to help them compete in key battlegrounds.
The Republican challenger is winning the money race in central Salt Lake County, raising about $173,199 so far this election cycle from residents of mid-Salt Lake Valley, compared with Obama's $61,052, according to Federal Election Commission reports on contributions made through the end of September.
Statewide, Utahns have contributed about $7.4 million to the Republican presidential nominee, far more than the $1.5 million Obama has raised from the Beehive State.
Obama has his fans in the communities of Cottonwood Heights, Holladay, Midvale and Murray.
Janet Nowell, a retired business teacher from the Salt Lake City School District, donated $50 to the president's cause.
"I give to those who should be elected," Nowell said. "He's better prepared for the task he has to do as president over the country and not as a company. There is a huge difference."
The area, of course, isn't full of Democrats.
Harley Busby, a retiree from Holladay, said Romney's Mormon faith is what most directly appealed to him. Busby has donated $600 to the GOP candidate's campaign since October 2011.
"He's a returned missionary and I am, too," said Busby, a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. "Do you know how hard it is to serve a mission? And in another country, especially? He'd make a fine president. We need to get rid of Obama."
Romney, who served his LDS mission in France, has led in every single poll in Utah and dominated the Republican primary in the state, carrying 93 percent of the vote. Some 60 percent of Utahns share Romney's LDS faith, and residents are quite familiar with him because of his work in leading the successful 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
The midvalley area split its vote for president last time around, with about 48 percent choosing Sen. John McCain and 49 percent going for Obama.