The Utah Democrat: A Critical and Historical Analysis of the Rise and Fall of the Utah Democrats
AbstractThis essay attempts to answer two central questions by looking at the history of Utahâ€™s Democratic Party: â€œWhy did Democrats lose power in the state of Utah?â€ and â€œHow did Utah Democrats lose enough members to become the super-minority?â€ Specifically, issues unique to Utah and several pivotal historical events are identified. There is an emphasis on party platforms, the development of the Republican Party, and key national issues which have influenced state politics. An analysis of how the Utah Democratic Party definesitself today is also provided, emphasizing diversity within the party and how the party may grow. Lastly, theories as to how Utah Democrats may regain power, and a brief insight into what the future holds for the party, are proposed.
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