Trump admits trouble in Utah
(KUTV) During a speech in Florida Thursday, Donald Trump showed a less animated, more somber side when he admitted troubles with Utah voters.
"Having a tremendous problem in Utah," he said to the crowd.
A poll released on Monday, commissioned by UtahPolicy.com and done by Dan Jones and Associates, shows Trump has 37 percent of support in Utah, Hillary Clinton 25 percent and Libertarian Candidate Gary Johnson with 16 percent.
Jason Perry, Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah, said Trump is in trouble in a state that hasn't voted for a Democrat in over 50 years.
"This is a state that should be solidly in his camp - at least based on our history," said Perry.
While Trump has the support of Republican Gov. Gary Herbert and other Utah Republican leaders, many Republicans seem to be looking at Johnson. Others could throw their support behind Evan McMullin the conservative Utah native who only jumped into the presidential race this week and plans to run as an independent.
Perry said Trump's trouble has created a unique opportunity for Hillary Clinton, who this week wrote an Op-Ed piece in a local newspaper hoping to win-over some conservative voters. Her daughter has campaigned for her in Utah and on this day, her husband was in Utah fundraising for her too.
Perry said Trumps disappointing numbers are nobody's fault but his given that some of his comments have offended people and caused them to pause.
Perry said all the focus on Utah proves voters here thoughtful.
"You can't take them for granted," he said.