Congressman Chaffetz’ decision to leave Congress by the end of June will set up Utah’s first special Congressional election in almost ninety years. He had drawn a Democratic challenger for 2018, Dr. Katheryn Allen, who had already raised over $560,000, and will likely run in the special. Even with considerable fundraising, to call Allen an underdog is an understatement: Utah’s 3rd Congressional District is the one of the safest Republican seats in the nation, voting for Chaffetz by forty-seven points in 2016. Regardless the eventual Republican nominee, they start off the heavy favorite. The special election itself opens a big can of worms: Republicans in the state legislature are threatening to sue Governor Gary Herbert over the details. The Governor wants a primary and general election, rather than a convention process, and voters seem to overwhelmingly agree. The problem: such a system could leave the seat vacant for months.