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Utah: Battle for the Statehouse

Incumbent: Republican Gov. Gary Herbert

Democrat: Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon

2008 Presidential Result: Obama 34%; McCain 63%

55+ Population (2009 estimate): 17.4%

Overview: Salt Lake County Mayor Peter Corroon is challenging incumbent Gov. Gary Herbert, who became governor last year after Jon Huntsman Jr. was named to be U.S. ambassador to China. Herbert, a former real estate agent, is widely favored in an overwhelmingly Republican state.

50+ Facts: Check the latest economic statistics and details on the state budget deficit.

Fun Fact: Corroon is first cousin of firmer presidential candidate and Vermont Gov. Howard Dean.

'Wild Card' Issue: Campaign cash. Local media have tracked a series of meetings Herbert held after receiving hefty campaign contributions, several of them in connection with a $1.7 billion highway construction project, the largest in Utah history. State officials admitted to altering bidding regulations and later quietly paid $13 million to the second-place finisher, Flatiron-Skanska-Zachry, after FSZ agreed not to sue the state.

Introduction: Governors' Races Hold High Stakes for the Future

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