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Sat May 20, 2017, 06:09 AM

Candidates plunge into widening pool to replace Chaffetz

Rep. Jason Chaffetz's shocking announcement that he would not seek re-election triggered a tidal wave among Republicans and tremors with Democrats clambering to fill the unexpectedly open seat.

Now that the congressman has announced his June 30 departure date, plenty of those testing the waters have jumped into the race.

"Let the games begin," Chaffetz jokingly said during his news conference Thursday.

The field of potential candidates is wide: Seven dashed to declare their intentions Friday the first day of filing for the special election though just two submitted their paperwork. Three more continue to waver on potential bids. And three have withdrawn their names from consideration.

Read more: http://www.sltrib.com/news/5309807-155/candidates-plunge-into-widening-pool-to

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