06/25/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

GOP Split Playing Out In Utah

Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr. of Utah, a hugely popular Republican from one of the nation's most conservative states, made waves and headlines in recent months by suggesting that his party would need to move toward the center to start winning national elections again.

With his support for President Obama's economic stimulus plan, his successful effort to ease the state's method of regulating liquor sales and his advocacy of civil unions to protect same-sex couples, Mr. Huntsman ignited a debate over what the Republican Party here should be.

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