Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is wooing Republicans in an effort to come from behind and capture a rare third term in one of Utah's last Democratic strongholds.
The race, officially, is nonpartisan, but the last Republican to be elected mayor of Salt Lake City was Jake Garn in 1971. Nonetheless, 20 percent to 25 percent of the capital's registered voters are Republican. And the incumbent is in a deep hole, garnering just 31 percent of the primary vote to 46 percent for challenger Jackie Biskupski.
Three other challengers, now eliminated, accounted for the remaining 23 percent of the electorate that did not cast primary ballots for the incumbent and may switch to Biskupski.