With the click of a button -- from a cellphone or a tablet -- Utah Republicans had the option of online voting in Tuesday's caucuses in what could be the largest such effort to date in the U.S.
Roughly 59,000 Utah Republicans registered ahead of a March 15 deadline to cast a ballot online rather than attend their local caucus sites, according the state party. The total is about 10% of registered Republicans in the state.
Utah's GOP-dominated Legislature decides every four years whether to pay for a state-run presidential nominating contest or leave it to the state parties. This cycle it opted for the latter and the state GOP chose to make online voting an option. The party hired Smartmatic Group, an electronic voting firm based in London, to oversee the process.
Ted Cruz won the Utah Republican caucuses, advancing his effort to block front-runner Donald Trump from securing a majority of presidential nominating delegates before the Republican convention in July.
The Texas senator’s victory in the heavily Mormon state came after 2012 GOP nominee and Utah resident Mitt Romney urged Republicans to back anyone but Trump as part of the GOP establishment’s fight to stop the New York billionaire from clinching the nomination.
With the attack in Brussels refocusing the presidential campaign on the issue of terrorism, Hillary Clinton said Tuesday that Republicans would make the country less safe.
“In the face of terror, America doesn’t panic," she said in a high school gym in Seattle. "We don’t build walls or turn our backs on our allies.”
Clinton sharply criticized the leading GOP candidates for their national security proposals, which involve barring Muslims from the country, scrutinizing Muslim neighborhoods or scaling back America's involvement in international alliances.