Donald Trump’s campaign has imploded in the past week as the mainstream media has vilified him with the damning audio leak and the multiple accusations of sexual assault against him. Now, Trump has been hit with even more bad news in the form of a poll that shows he is struggling in the historically-Republican state of Utah.
Since Utah is one of the five reddest-states in the country, Republicans generally spend little money and time there. Mitt Romney won Utah in 2012 with 72% of the vote, and John McCain carried the state in 2008 with 62% of the vote.
According to The Blaze, however, Trump’s reputation in the heavily-Mormon state has been severely damaged by the release of then hot-mic tapes from 2005 in which he made lewd comments about women.
Polls in August and September showed that Trump had a comfortable two-digit lead over Clinton in Utah. In contrast, a Y2 Analytics poll released last week had Trump in a tie with Clinton in the state, and a Monmouth poll released the same day showed him with a narrow six-point lead over Clinton.
In a shocking twist, the polls show that Independent conservative candidate Evan McMullin, who also has close ties to Utah, is registering over 20 percent support. A new Rasmussen poll has Trump in a narrow lead in Utah with 30% support while McMullin is right behind him with 29%, and Clinton is in third with 28%. This means McMullin could very well become the first third-party candidate to win a state outright since 1968.
If Trump can’t even carry Utah, it will be extremely difficult for him to win other states where the competition is more fierce. What do you think about this? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section.