Utah GOP lawsuit over nominating system delayed

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Utah Republican Party has delayed filing of a lawsuit that would challenge the state’s new rule that allows candidates to bypass the caucus and convention system.

The GOP had planned to file Wednesday.

GOP Chairman James Evans says his party doesn’t think the state Legislature can tell it how to select its candidates.

The new law, scheduled to take effect next year, preserves Utah’s current system but allows candidates to participate in primary elections as an alternative path if they gather enough signatures.

It was a compromise the Republican-dominated Legislature reached with Count My Vote. That group was gathering signatures for an initiative petition that would have let voters decide to abandon the caucus system.

Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes, a Republican, says he will defend the new law.

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