The 2004 United States presidential election in Utah took place on November 2, 2004, and was part of the 2004 United States presidential election. Voters chose 5 representatives, or electors to the Electoral College, who voted for president and vice president.
Utah was won by incumbent President George W. Bush by a 45.5% margin of victory. Prior to the election, all 12 news organizations considered this a state Bush would win, or otherwise considered as a safe red state. It is a strongly Republican state that in 2004 had a state legislature with a "super-majority" of Republicans in its make-up (meaning the minority parties are unable to block a veto by its members), both U.S. Senators being Republican as well as two of the three members of the U.S. House of Representatives. With 71.54% of the popular vote, Utah was Bush's strongest state in the 2004 election.
|Elections in Utah|
There were 12 news organizations who made state-by-state predictions of the election. Here are their last predictions before election day.
- D.C. Political Report: Solid Republican
- Associated Press: Solid Bush
- CNN: Bush
- Cook Political Report: Lean Republican
- Newsweek: Solid Bush
- New York Times: Solid Bush
- Rasmussen Reports: Bush
- Research 2000: Solid Bush
- Washington Post: Bush
- Washington Times: Solid Bush
- Zogby International: Bush
- Washington Dispatch: Bush
The final 3 polls averaged Bush with 67% to Kerry with 25%.
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Republicans dominate Utah state politics because of the very high Mormon population that accounts for almost 70% of the residents throughout the state. Mormons have been known for having very conservative values. While every county voted for Bush, areas such as Park City (ski resort), Moab (becoming an outpost for environmental activists), Carbon County (largely blue collar), Salt Lake City (urban area with some diversity) and San Juan County (economically distressed and mostly Native American) did give a number of their votes to Kerry. However, other areas were uniformly Republican in voting. Utah County's (home of Provo and Brigham Young University) Republican vote (86%) was by far the largest percentage of any county its size in America.
|United States presidential election in Utah, 2004|
|Republican||George W. Bush (incumbent)||663,742||71.54%||5|
|Constitution Party||Michael Peroutka||6,841||0.74%||0|
|Libertarian Party||Michael Badnarik||3,375||0.36%||0|
|Personal Choice Party||Charles Jay||946||0.10%||0|
|Socialist Workers Party||Roger Calero||393||0.04%||0|
|Green Party||David Cobb||39||0.00%||0|
|Voter turnout (Voting age population)||57.7%|
|Box Elder County||12.22%||2,244||85.75%||15,751||2.03%||373||18,368|
|Salt Lake County||37.54%||135,949||59.57%||215,728||2.89%||10,461||362,138|
|San Juan County||38.51%||1,906||60.02%||2,971||1.47%||73||4,950|
By congressional district
Bush won all three congressional districts.
Technically the voters of Utah cast their ballots for electors: representatives to the Electoral College. Utah is allocated 5 electors because it has 3 congressional districts and 2 senators. All candidates who appear on the ballot or qualify to receive write-in votes must submit a list of 5 electors, who pledge to vote for their candidate and his or her running mate. Whoever wins the majority of votes in the state is awarded all 5 electoral votes. Their chosen electors then vote for president and vice president. Although electors are pledged to their candidate and running mate, they are not obligated to vote for them. An elector who votes for someone other than his or her candidate is known as a faithless elector.
The electors of each state and the District of Columbia met on December 13, 2004, to cast their votes for president and vice president. The Electoral College itself never meets as one body. Instead the electors from each state and the District of Columbia met in their respective capitols.
The following were the members of the Electoral College from the state. All 5 were pledged to Bush/Cheney:
- "2004 Presidential Election Statistics". Dave Leip’s Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections. Retrieved 2018-03-05.
- http://www.dcpoliticalreport.com/members/2004/Pred2.htm#NW[permanent dead link]
- "2004 Presidential General Election Results - Utah".