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Sheep rancher Carson Jorgensen elected to lead Utah Republican Party



Delegates for the Utah Republican Party selected new party leaders at their state convention on Saturday, bucking the recommendations of established politicos.

Sheep rancher Carson Jorgensen said he thought he had a chance at becoming state party chairman, but winning 55% of the vote was an upset.

“We wouldn’t be in the race if we didn’t think there was,” he said, “but like I say, at the end of the day, it is a surprise.”

Olivia Horlacher was elected to become party secretary.

“I think what they wanted is people who were going to be strong and were going to listen to them rather than maybe listen to somebody else who has more money or more sway because of their position,” she said.

Jorgensen said a priority will be reaching younger voters, tailoring policies and the format to them.

“When we start to push that and tell them ‘you can be whatever you want to be and these are the principles that will take you there,’ these people will resonate to that,” he said.

He’ll also work to broaden the base.

“We want to make sure that there is a place in this party for everyone and that new people moving here to this state feel like they are welcome in our party,” Jorgensen said.