Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, left, former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and former Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright participate a Utah gubernatorial Republican primary debate at the PBS Utah studio at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Monday, June 1, 2020.

Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, left, former Utah House Speaker Greg Hughes, former Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. and former Utah GOP Chairman Thomas Wright participate a Utah gubernatorial Republican primary debate at the PBS Utah studio at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City on Monday, June 1, 2020. | Ivy Ceballo, Deseret News

Social distancing means invitation-only events, including at a drive-in

SALT LAKE CITY — Like just about everything else in Utah’s entirely by-mail primary election, candidates’ watch parties on Tuesday are being affected by COVID-19.

Big events packed with supporters eager to celebrate a victory are being replaced as virus cases continue to spike with smaller, invitation-only gatherings in private homes and backyards, campaign headquarters or even a drive-in movie theater to accommodate social distancing — or are just being eliminated altogether.

Those who are holding more limited watch parties are stocking up on hand sanitizer and face masks along with the usual campaign signs, soft drinks and snacks. They’re also figuring out how to keep supporters entertained for an extra two hours after the polls close at 8 p.m. because of a required delay in releasing initial election results.

Final results are expected to take days …read more


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