In two out of the last three Presidential elections in this country, Utah has been literally the reddest state in the entire country.
On the way to losing handily to Barack Obama in 2008, John McCain carried the state of Utah easily, winning that state 62%-34%. That year, it was the third reddest state in the entire country, behind only Oklahoma and Wyoming. In 2012, due at least in part to Romney’s connection to the state, Utah was literally the reddest state in the entire union, giving 72% of the vote to Romney. Utah was also the reddest state in the entire country in the 2004 election, giving over 71% of the vote to George W. Bush.
In other words, no Republican can really expect to fact anything other than a total, absolute landslide loss if they can’t win Utah. It is one of the five safest Republican states in the entire country.
Why do I bring this up? Because a new poll shows that Trump would lose Utah to both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.
SALT LAKE CITY — If Donald Trump becomes the Republican Party’s nominee, Utahns would vote for a Democrat for president in November for the first time in more than 50 years, according to a new Deseret News/KSL poll.
“I believe Donald Trump could lose Utah. If you lose Utah as a Republican, there is no hope,” said former Utah Gov. Mike Leavitt, a top campaign adviser to the GOP’s 2012 nominee, Mitt Romney.
The poll found that may well be true. Utah voters said they would reject Trump, the GOP frontrunner, whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton or Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders is the Democratic candidate on the general election ballot.
While Clinton was only slightly ahead of Trump — 38 percent to 36 percent — Sanders, a self-declared Democratic socialist, holds a substantial lead — 48 percent to 37 percent over the billionaire businessman and reality TV star among likely Utah voters.
“Wow. Wow. That’s surprising,” said Chris Karpowitz, co-director of Brigham Young University’s Center for the Study of Elections and Democracy. “Any matchup in which Democrats are competitive in the state of Utah is shocking.”
Yet another data point to show that Trump would be an absolute disaster in November.