This morning, Utah Democratic Party Chair Peter Corroon confirmed presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders is the official winner of the Utah Democratic Caucuses. Preliminary numbers released after the March 22 caucuses had named Sanders the projected winner.
The final vote tally showed 77.19% support for Bernie Sanders and 19.80% for Hillary Clinton. After working with both the Sanders and Clinton campaigns to conclude the canvass and ensure a fair and transparent process, the state party has confirmed Senator Bernie Sanders is officially the Utah Democratic Caucus winner.
“Last Tuesday, we saw incredible turnout at Utah Democratic caucuses statewide, and 81,606 Utah Democrats made their voices heard,” said Corroon. “The outcome of the caucus vote is reflected in the official Utah presidential delegate count, with Bernie Sanders receiving 29 delegates (78.4%) and Hillary Clinton receiving 8 delegates (21.6%).”
The delegate allocation includes Utah’s four superdelegates, with Utah Democratic Party Chair Peter Corroon and National Committeeman Wayne Holland supporting Bernie Sanders and Utah Democratic Party Vice Chair Breanne Miller and National Committeewoman Patrice Arent supporting Hillary Clinton.
State and county delegates were also elected on March 22 at the 90 Democratic caucus locations. State delegates will convene at the Utah Democratic Party State Convention April 22-23 in Salt Lake City, where they will select the state’s 33 pledged delegates to the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia this July.
“We’d like to thank the 81,606 Utah Democrats who showed their commitment to our democratic process. Many of you braved long lines and bad weather, and we thank you for your dedication to making your voices heard,” said Corroon. “Your enthusiasm has already made waves here in Utah and nationwide, giving us the momentum we need to help Utah Democrats up and down the ballot this November. We encourage all Utah Democrats, regardless of which presidential candidate you support, to continue being involved in the political process, building bridges, maintaining civil discourse, and working together to make our voices heard on November 8.”
Corroon also expressed concerns regarding the state’s failure to fund a presidential primary. He said, “As thrilled as we were to see so much energy in the Democratic ranks, things would have gone more smoothly if the presidential primary had been run by the Lieutenant Governor’s Office and our 29 county clerks. We were disappointed last year when the state legislature voted to not only not fund the presidential primary, but also not provide the state parties with any funds to run this historic election. State parties should be in the business of winning elections, not running them.”
Because the state refused to run the presidential primary election, many Utahns were unable to vote by mail and many were unable to vote via absentee ballot, employers were not required to provide their employees time off to vote, and thousands of Utahns were disenfranchised. What should have been a night for celebrating was marred by frustration from voters anxious to make their voices heard.
To view the final vote tally and delegate allocation, click HERE.