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The State of the Utah Electorate

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Voters turned out in overwhelming numbers for the Democratic Party caucuses in Utah last week.

According to a recent poll, if the Republicans nominated Donald Trump as president, the unthinkable could happen. Utah could vote for a Democratic president for the first time in decades. So what is it about the business tycoon that rubs reliably-Republican Utahns the wrong way? Why does Bernie Sanders enjoy such popularity here? And has Mitt Romney actually stemmed Trump's tide? Monday, a panel of guests joins us to examine the state of the local electorate in the lead up to a pivotal election.

  • Matt Canham is an investigative reporter at The Salt Lake Tribune.

  • Lisa Riley Roche is a political reporter for the Deseret News.

  • McKay Coppins is a senior political writer at BuzzFeed covering national politics, the Republican Party, and the conservative movement.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.