Third-Party Candidate Evan McMullin in Statistical Tie with Clinton, Trump in Utah

evan mcmullinA new Utah poll finds that quixotic third-party candidate Evan McMullin is in striking distance of the two major political party candidates, Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton.

The poll conducted by Salt Lake City-based Y2 Analytics finds that Trump’s double-digit lead in the state has evaporated after his “grab ’em by the pussy” remarks. Trump is tied with Clinton with both receiving 26% of the vote. McMullin is not far behind with 22%, while Libertarian Gary Johnson is polling at 14%. The poll has a margin-of-error of ±4.4.

McMullin’s relatively high numbers come despite only 52% of those polled even recognizing his name. Of those who do, however, four out of five approve of his candidacy. McMullin’s highest levels of support come from the state’s LDS population, with Mormons strongly preferring the independent social conservative over Trump.

The former CIA officer and Republican policy wonk of course can’t win the presidential election with just Utah. But in an election where Trump is fighting for every electoral vote, the Y2 poll could reshape the campaign’s approach to a state that Mitt Romney won by 16 points in 2012.

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