March brings madness to Utah political arena

SALT LAKE CITY — March Madness isn’t just for the basketball court. Rep. Jim Matheson’s departure from the 2nd Congressional District created a bit of madness in Utah’s political arena as well.

Seventeen opportunistic contenders — 11 Republicans, three Democrats, one Constitutionalist, two independents — officially declared candidacies for the Democratic congressman’s seat before Thursday’s filing deadline.

In 2010, there were 18 total candidates in the state’s three congressional districts. This year there are 36, mostly Republicans, in what are now four districts.

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