McMullin tops new poll of Utah voters
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Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin is leading in Utah, according to an Emerson College Polling Society survey released Wednesday.

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McMullin is favored by 31 percent of likely voters in the state. Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpPapadopoulos on AG's new powers: 'Trump is now on the offense' Pelosi uses Trump to her advantage Mike Pence delivers West Point commencement address MORE has the support of 27 percent, and Democrat Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton2020 Democrats target federal ban on abortion funding Hillary Clinton slams Trump for spreading 'sexist trash' about Pelosi Gillibrand seizes on abortion debate to jump-start campaign MORE is backed by 24 percent.

Another 5 percent support Libertarian nominee Gary JohnsonGary Earl JohnsonAmash won't rule out Libertarian challenge to Trump Buzz grows Amash will challenge Trump as a Libertarian Potential GOP primary challenger: Trump's 'contempt for the American people' behind possible bid MORE, and 12 percent are undecided.

The poll finds both Trump and Clinton are viewed unfavorably by a majority of likely voters in the state.

Clinton is viewed favorably by 23 percent and unfavorably by 74 percent. Trump is viewed positively by 24 percent and negatively by 72 percent.

The poll finds 51 percent of Utahns who supported Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOn The Money: Conservative blocks disaster relief bill | Trade high on agenda as Trump heads to Japan | Boeing reportedly faces SEC probe over 737 Max | Study finds CEO pay rising twice as fast as worker pay Conservative blocks House passage of disaster relief bill The Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan MORE (R-Texas) the state's caucuses are backing McMullin and only 29 percent are supporting Trump.

Among likely voters who supported Ohio Gov. John Kasich in the March contest, only 4 percent plan to cast their ballots for Trump in November.

McMullin leads his rivals among people 18 to 34, with 36 percent support. Trump has the advantage among likely voters aged 55 and older.

The poll was conducted from Oct. 17 to 19 among 700 likely voters. The margin of error is 3.6 percentage points.

But other polls have also shown McMullin, a Mormon, in striking distance in the heavily Mormon state. According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls in Utah, Trump has a 6.3-point lead over Clinton, 31.8 percent to 25.5 percent. McMullin is in third place, with 22.8 percent, according to the average.

If he takes Utah on Election Day, McMullin would be the first presidential candidate not running as a Republican or Democrat to win any state since 1968.