Utah Caucus Preview provides an overview of the role the caucus process plays in election years and highlights the Republican and Democratic Party candidates who are vying to replace incumbent senator Bob Bennett. The five Republican candidates are Senator Bennett, Tim Bridgewater, Merrill Cook, Cherilyn Eagar, and Mike Lee. The Democratic candidates are Sam Granato and Christopher Stout. KBYU Eleven asked each candidate five questions that are important to Utahns. The topics of these questions include congressionally directed spending known as "earmarks," the Troubled Asset Relief Program or TARP, healthcare reform, and bipartisanship.
The program also presents data from a new Utah Voter Poll survey which has been tracking recent public opinion on candidates. The data includes current approval ratings and public views on the Tea Party movement.
Expert commentary comes from David Magleby, an expert on direct democracy and campaign finance and the dean of Brigham Young Universitys College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, along with Professor Kelly Patterson, director of the BYU Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy which administers the Utah Voter Poll.
KBYU Eleven presents this program as part of its year-long election coverage and its on-going commitment to civic engagement.
KBYU aired this program on the night of the Utah primary election, June 22nd, 2010. The program featured expert commentary by Dean Magleby and Director Patterson of the BYU Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy (CSED). The two professors also presented early results of the June 2010 Utah Voter Poll, a survey of likely Utah primary voters. For more information, or to see the full results of the Utah Voter Poll, see http://csed.byu.edu