Five floors apart in a Salt Lake City office complex, Lew Cramer and Lane Beattie have much in common: they are best friends and serve on each other’s business boards. What these two Republicans disagree about is who is the most qualified presidential candidate. Cramer supports Jon Huntsman Jr., Utah’s former governor, while Beattie prefers Mitt Romney, who led fundraising for the state’s 2002 Olympics.
“In this state there are a lot of divided loyalties, there’s no question about it,” said Cramer, the World Trade Center Utah chief executive officer, who endorsed Romney in 2008 and switched to Huntsman this year. “I’ve had friends kid me a lot about being a traitor” even though he’s backing a native of the state.