The governor's race also seems a sure bet for incumbent Michael Leavitt, R, whose popularity ranks above 80 percent. Leavitt is not a favorite of environmentalists: He pushed for a 1.8 million-acre wilderness bill rather than the 5.7 million acres that the conservation community wanted.
Environmentalists don't hold much hope for loosening the grip of the Cowboy Caucus - a conservative group of assemblymen - on the state Legislature, either. Lawson Legate, a representative for the Sierra Club, says this is a "down time" for environmentalists in Utah.
On the ballot: U.S. SENATE: none. U.S. HOUSE: 1st District - James V. Hansen (R-incumb.) vs. Gregory J. Sanders (D); 2nd District - Merrill Cook (R) vs. Ross Anderson (D); 3rd District - Bill Orton (D-incumb.) vs. Christopher Cannon (R). GOVERNOR: Mike Leavitt (R-incumb.) vs. Jim Bradley (D).