If Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTeam Trump: Debate won’t move needle in race for White House Moulitsas: The year of the woman Trump aide defends portrait foundation paid for: Trump is 'storing' it at hotel 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 Rodham ClintonTeam Trump: Debate won’t move needle in race for White House Webb: After the debate Trump aide defends portrait foundation paid for: Trump is 'storing' it at hotel MORE and Vermont Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSanders: Young voters will 'come on board' Clinton's campaign The Trail 2016: The fallout Ex-Sanders aide: 'Hubris’ hurt Trump’s debate MORE would hold off Trump in Utah’s general election, the poll indicated.
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 CruzTed CruzFunding bill rejected as shutdown nears Cruz: Clinton 'tired' and 'formulaic' during debate The Trail 2016: Fight night 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.