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Poll: Sean Reyes has a big lead over David Leavitt in GOP race for Attorney General

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Utah Attorney General Sean Reyes holds a commanding lead over his GOP primary challenger, Utah County District Attorney David Leavitt, a new 2News poll by Y2 Analytics shows.

If the June 30 closed Republican Party primary were held today, Reyes would get 63% support among his fellow registered Republican voters, Leavitt would get 37% support.

It’s a spread that Leavitt likely can’t overcome in just six weeks before the all-mail-in ballots are due.

However, there is a glimmer of hope for Leavitt, the younger brother of former GOP Gov. Mike Leavitt.

Among those who told Y2 they are unaffiliated voters, or independents, who “lean” Republican in their voting habits -- and are willing to sign up as Republicans in order to vote in the AG’s race -- the numbers about switched.

That is, among those folks, Leavitt gets 61% support to Reyes’ 39% support.

Now, Leavitt doesn’t have enough campaign money to do much of anything in the primary. He certainly doesn’t have the capacity to organize a sophisticated turn-out-the-vote effort among Republican-leaning independents.

But former GOP Gov. Jon Huntsman, who’s running for his old office this year, does.

And as previously reported by, Huntsman would be wise to try to I.D. his supporters among Republican-leaning independents, get them to register as Republicans, and then vote for him by the June 30 mail-in ballot deadline.

And it’s very likely that many of those same pro-Huntsman independents would also like Leavitt since both men are running against incumbents whom those independent voters may not favor.

Still, Leavitt is much further behind Reyes than Huntsman is behind Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox, the new polling shows.

RELATED: Poll: Spencer Cox leads Jon Huntsman, Jr. by 7 points in GOP primary race

Huntsman is only 7 percentage points behind Cox, 32%to 39%, respectively.

While Leavitt is 26 percentage points behind Reyes, 37% to 63%, respectively.

Thus, even if Leavitt can get many more independent voters than Reyes since he has so much further to go to catch Reyes among registered Republicans, Leavitt’s chances are far worse than is Huntsman’s to top the race leader.

Reyes leads Leavitt among registered Republicans likely to vote in the GOP primary in all demographic areas:

Reyes leads among women, 61-39%.

Among men, Reyes leads Leavitt, 65-35%.

Among those who said they are “strong” Republicans, 68-32%.

Among “strong” conservatives, Reyes is ahead, 66-34%.

Y2 polled from May 9-15, 465 GOP voters likely to vote in the primary election; the margin of error plus or minus 4.5%.

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