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Evan McMullin, Utah, and the 2016 Presidential Election

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin

A recently released poll of Utah voters threw another wildcard into the already abnormal presidential election. The polls show that late-running independent candidate Evan McMullin has garnered a surprising amount of support here, putting him in the running for Utah’s electoral votes. Pundits say his surge is due in part to the decline of Republican candidate Donald Trump, whose appeal here has never been up to par. A panel of guests joins us Monday to talk about McMullin’s rise and how the 2016 presidential race is shaping up in Utah.


  • Harry Enten is a senior political writer and analyst for FiveThirtyEight.
  • Quin Monson is a political scientist and a founding partner of the research and data firm Y2 Analytics, which recently conducted a poll of Utah voters opinions of the 2016 presidential election.
  • Matt Canham is an investigative reporter at the Salt Lake Tribune specializing in politics.
  • Lisa Riley Roche covers politics for the Deseret News and KSL.