Poll: Clinton, Sanders would beat Trump in Utah
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If Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump Right way and wrong way Five things to know about the elephant trophies controversy MORE becomes the GOP nominee, Utah would do the unthinkable: vote for a Democrat for the first time in more than 50 years, according to a poll released by the Deseret News in Salt Lake City.

Both Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonO’Malley tells Dems not to fear Trump FBI informant gathered years of evidence on Russian push for US nuclear fuel deals, including Uranium One, memos show Pelosi blasts California Republicans for supporting tax bill MORE and Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernard (Bernie) SandersDe Blasio headed to Iowa to speak at political fundraiser Yes, spills happen — but pipelines are still the safest way to move oil Why sexual harassment discussions include lawmakers talking about Bill Clinton’s past MORE would hold off Trump in Utah’s general election, the poll indicated.

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Clinton, the Democratic presidential front-runner, was slightly ahead of Trump — 38 percent to 36 percent — while Sanders had 48 percent to Trump’s 37 percent.

Those results are surprising for a state that’s voted red in every presidential election since 1964.

“Any matchup in which Democrats are competitive in the state of Utah is shocking,” Chris Karpowitz, co-director of Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy, told the Deseret News.

Polls also have Trump losing in the state’s caucuses Tuesday. A Y2 Analytics survey released Saturday put Texas Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzTexas Republicans slam White House over disaster relief request Dem rep: Trump disaster aid request is 'how you let America down again' Moore endorsements disappear from campaign website MORE with 53 percent of the vote, according to The Salt Lake Tribune. He is followed by Ohio Gov. John Kasich with 29 percent and Trump at 11 percent. 

Utah has 40 delegates, and a candidate will take all of them if he receives a majority vote. Candidates have to reach 15 percent of the vote to win delegates.