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The margin matters

Claiming a victory in Utah or any state is a feel-good moment for a presidential bid, but the size of the victory is the important part here.

If any Republican gets a majority of votes, he'll claim all 40 delegates, but if he's even one vote shy of a majority, then he could get just 20.

Texas Sen. Cruz thinks he could sweep the state's delegate haul, while Donald Trump and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are simply trying to share in the spoils.

Absent a majority, any candidate that gets 15 percent will get at least six delegates.

For the Democrats, the 37 delegates will be awarded proportionately. Let's say there's a massive landslide and one candidate gets 80 percent of the vote — that candidate would claim 30 delegates and the runner-up would get seven.

Sixty percent to 40 percent? The delegate split would be 22 to 15.

And if it is roughly 50-50? One candidate would claim 19 delegates and the other 18.

An encore

Democratic Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders attracted the biggest crowd among any presidential candidate in Utah, and so many people were turned away that he's added an encore.

He will appear at West High School's Hale Field House on Monday. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the program is expected to start around 4 p.m.

This is after his Friday address at This Is the Place Heritage Park brought out a crowd of 14,000 people, according to an estimate from the campaign, relying on a count of people going through a security checkpoint.

Beyond Sanders, Cruz held three events, Kasich appeared at four and Trump at one. The only presidential candidate who hasn't visited Utah this week is Hillary Clinton.


A Ted Cruz staffer posted a Facebook message that included an image of the LDS Temple in Salt Lake City, with "Vote for Ted Cruz Utah" emblazoned on top of it.

After a complaint that he was exploiting the Mormon church for a political benefit, the image was quickly pulled down and replaced with a picture of a red rock arch.

Big turnout expected

Both parties are telling volunteers to prepare for a major increase in participation in caucus meetings on Tuesday. The Republican Party gave its registered members another path to vote, a secure website. So far, 30,000 voters have elected that option and the party is reaching out to another 10,000 people who wanted to vote online but had not registered as Republicans or had submitted information that didn't match voter records. The online voting option is now closed. Utahns looking to participate in a caucus should go to to find the meeting in their neighborhood.