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Evan McMullin, Utah, and the 2016 Presidential Election

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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.

GUESTS

  • 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.

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.