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Poll: Trump leads Clinton by 15 in Utah

Republican Donald Trump has a 15-point advantage over Democrat Hillary Clinton in Utah, 39 percent to 24 percent, as the two fight for the White House, according to a poll released Tuesday.

{mosads}Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson gets 12 percent support among likely voters in the Public Policy Polling (PPP) survey, followed by independent candidate Evan McMullin, at 9 percent.

Pollsters found Trump’s lead grows to 20 points, 53 percent to 33 percent, when he faces Clinton one-on-one.

The highly unusual presidential race between Clinton and Trump has redrawn the electoral map this year. Previously safe GOP states are in play, but “there’s not much of a chance that Utah’s actually going to go Democratic this year,” Dean Debnam, president of PPP, said Tuesday.

PPP’s results found both Clinton and Trump are deeply unpopular with Utah’s likely voters.

Sixty-one percent view Trump unfavorably while 31 percent see the GOP nominee favorably.

Seventy-two percent have an unfavorable view of Clinton, compared with 23 percent who look on the Democratic nominee favorably.

PPP conducted its latest sampling of 1,018 likely voters in Utah via telephone interviews Aug. 19–21. It has a 3.1 percentage point margin of error.

Also Tuesday, senior Clinton policy adviser Jake Sullivan opened a campaign office in Salt Lake City.

Members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints make up 60 percent of Utah’s population and typically vote overwhelmingly for Republican candidates.

Trump finished last, however, during Utah’s GOP presidential primary in late March, with 14 percent of the vote.

Polling in neighboring Nevada, which is also home to many Mormons, has shown a closer race between Clinton and Trump.

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