McCain’s Utah Support (in heavily mormon populace)

McCain also has the backing of Utah’s Jon

Huntsman Jr., who represents a heavily Mormon

state where Romney is exceptionally popular.

Beginning in 2005, McCain, who has spent his entire

political career in Congress, made a concerted effort

to line up gubernatorial support in anticipation of his

2008 run. He met with nearly every incumbent

Republican governor, and campaigned and raised

money for them and for other Republicans running for

governor in 2006. “We were always asking what we could do for them

which, compared to what was going on at the RGA with

Mitt Romney running for president, was a welcome relief,”

said John Weaver, a former McCain strategist. “If they

had a need, we were there to fill it. Campaigns, like

football games, are often won by what happens in practice.”

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