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Could Utah vote Democrat for president for first time in 5 decades?

Utah could vote Democrat for president for first time in 5 decades (MGN Online)

Correction: This story has been updated to correct two errors. The Hinckley Institute-Salt Lake Tribune poll was first published in June 2016. It does not track data from immediately after the July conventions. KUTV also erred in showing Clinton with a 1-point lead over Trump. It has been corrected to reflect the Hinckley-Tribune poll, which showed each candidate at a statistical tie with 35 percent.

(KUTV) The Republican and Democrat national conventions are over and as the dust starts to settle, Hillary Clinton has again secured her national lead over Donald Trump by 7 points.

According to a new CNN/ORC poll, Clinton tops the Republican nominee 52 percent to 43 percent. In a poll that also factors in third party candidates Gary Johnson and Jill Stein, Clinton leads with 45 percent. Trump holds 37 percent with Johnson at 9 percent and Stein at 5 percent.

But what does this all mean for Utah -- a state that hasn't voted blue for five decades? A June poll from the Hinckley Institute-Salt Lake Tribune showed that Clinton and Trump were virtually tied with 35 percent for Donald Trump and 35 percent for Hillary Clinton. That is as close as a Democratic candidate has been to victory in the Beehive State since 1964.

Clinton declined to campaign in the state during primary season and came in the spring only to raise money. Republican Mitt Romney, popular in Utah, spoke strongly against Trump. Utah Republican Sen. Mike Lee fought against Trump at the Republican National Convention and said he doesn't know if he will vote for for his party's candidate, Trump.

Utah has been the most Republican state for 40 years but that could change with Trump's run toward the White House.


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