Caucuses attracting extra attention this year due to LDS Church encouragement

A tiny percentage of Utah voters usually attend political party caucuses. But voters are being prodded to go this year through millions of dollars of ads, mailers and "robocalls" usually seen only in primary or general elections — plus unprecedented, repeated over-the-pulpit pleas from the LDS Church.

How important are the meetings this week?

"The U.S. Senate race will be won or lost in the caucuses," said Russ Walker, national political director of FreedomWorks for America, a group trying to oust Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah.

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