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.
I know that 48% will get all you Bernie supporters super excited but don't bother, those numbers only reflect the fact that he has not been scrutinized nearly as thoroughly as Hillary Clinton.
I think that once the Republican party is finished sabotaging Trump, and possibly running a third party candidate against him, that Hillary's percentages will improve exponentially.
I also think that this same scenario may play out in all kinds of states that up until now have been considered reliable conservative strongholds.