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Donna Brazile, the chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee, rolled into town in a big blue bus with "Forward Together" emblazoned on the side, urging Utah Democrats to make sure they vote, as the perennial minority party tries to pull off the unthinkable turning Utah blue for the first time since 1964.
"I have never been so proud of this party, so proud of what you're doing in this great state of Utah," Brazile told a crowd of about 200 people. "To all of you who have already voted, thank you. … The future of our democracy is in our hands. It's time to get your voting groove on."
Republican nominee Donald Trump's support in Utah has always been weak and has plummeted since revelations of a video showing him talking about sexually mistreating women. Polls show Utah is up for grabs, with three candidates Trump, Clinton and Utah-born independent conservative candidate Evan McMullin jockeying for the lead.
McMullin has been the primary beneficiary of Trump's collapse and has surged in recent weeks, as Clinton has polled steadily in the upper 20s.
Brazile's trip to Utah comes on the heels of a stop-in by Republican vice presidential nominee Mike Pence on Wednesday, when Pence told about 1,200 supporters that it's time for Republicans to "come home" to Trump, and that a vote for McMullin is the same as a vote for Clinton.
Utah Republican Party Chairman James Evans called on Utah Democrats to denounce Brazile over a Wikileaks email that showed that, when she was a CNN commentator, she shared a primary debate question with the Clinton campaign.
"The dishonesty in the Democratic National Committee is astounding," Evans said. "This dishonest and shocking behavior is not representative of Utah values."
Brazile took over as chairman when her predecessor, Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, stepped down after an early release of hacked emails where the national party discussed ways to attack Clinton primary challenger, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Brazile said she would rather talk about the issues than some hacked emails, but hopes that "Any time a foreign government interferes with our government, we would condemn it, not just as a political party, but as patriots."
The interim DNC chairwoman said her swing through Utah is part of a bigger Democratic strategy to try to not just focus on swing states, but to make inroads in traditional Republican strongholds.
"I made a decision to not just campaign in battleground states. I've been in Nebraska. I've been in Georgia. I've been in my beloved home state of Louisiana, and I look forward to coming back. Look, I think it's important we campaign across the country, because what today could be a so-called red state tomorrow could be a blue state," she said, noting Louisiana recently elected a Democratic governor. "If we can elect a Democrat in that ruby-red state, I think we can elect a Democrat here in another ruby-red state."
Brazile said the party is committed to Utah, not just with the bus tour, but with the deployment of five additional Clinton campaign staffers in Utah.
"We're not going to take anything for granted, especially for the people of Utah," she said.
Utah Democratic Party Chairman Peter Corroon said that early votes from Democrats are up by about 33 percent over earlier elections, but Democrats can't let up.
"We're still outnumbered and that's why it's so crucial that every single Democrat get out and vote this year," Corroon said. "Elections aren't won by empty slogans or bombastic rhetoric. They're won by votes."
Democrats lost two legislative seats by fewer than 50 votes in 2014, Corroon said. This year, with strong turnout, those results could be different.
"We are on the verge of making a new kind of Utah history," said state Rep. Patrice Arent. "With two weeks left, we can't fall victim to complacency."
U.S. Senate candidate Misty Snow said a Clinton victory "will be an inspiration to women and girls for a generation to come."
The party has two buses, one hitting cities in battleground states on the East Coast, one traveling through the West, with the back of the bus bearing the words "America Is Better Than Trump." Brazile spoke at Westminster College Thursday night and then was scheduled to leave to campaign in Colorado.