Evan McMullin campaign: “We intend to win Utah”

American Third Party Report: In a new video released earlier today by the Evan McMullin presidential campaign, McMullin’s chief strategist Joel Searby said:

We’re building our Utah victory operation, where we are actually going to go in Utah. And that is, I think – will largely be driven by the some of the folks in this room, saying “here’s what think we need to do to go get that done. There’s so much energy in Utah for Evan, and so we wanna leverage that energy and have grassroots activity happening out of here but spreading to the entire country. But I envision both a very traditional effort, but also being really  creative with some of the digital tools that we have. And we intend to win Utah. 100% clear, that’s the goal.

As of today, according to Wikipedia, Evan McMullin is on the ballot in 8 states: Utah, Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Idaho, Louisiana, Minnesota and Virginia, for a total access to 62 Electoral College votes.

17 thoughts on “Evan McMullin campaign: “We intend to win Utah”

  1. Shivany Lane

    Everyone intends to win Utah.

    This is going to get really interesting. I will tell my local Whole Foods store to stock up on Gourmet Popcorn.

    Gary Johnson and friends have spent a lot of time in Utah and Bill Weld even gave a hat tip to Romney as possibly having a place in a Johnson Cabinet.

    Trump is delusional and thinks he is going to win every state. He only says that because he can’t name them all. I am not sure if he has a ground strategy yet. i don’t think he is either.

    Hillary has also been spending some time in Utah because she smells blood in the water and thinks she may have a shot this time. She has opened a political office in Salt Lake City.

    A democrat hasn’t taken Utah since Lyndon Johnson in 1964. Bill Clinton came in third behind Ross Perot in 1992.

    This year anything can happen. I just hope we don’t get any SharkNados (bad, bad, film reference)

  2. Cody Quirk

    Apparently there are other candidates and their people out there more delusional then Trump.

  3. Just Saying

    “Apparently there are other candidates and their people out there more delusional then Trump.”

    …and one of them just commented here.

  4. Brad

    McMullin couldn’t even become a write-in candidate in Texas. (Yes, I know he is suing). He thinks he will win it? I haven’t seen any polls with him so far.

  5. Tony From Long Island

    I saw a Utah poll with him around 5 % . . . but then again . . . he’s from Utah

  6. Richard Winger

    McMullin is not suing Texas. His campaign has said he would sue lots of states, but he hasn’t filed a single lawsuit. Even in New Mexico, where news stories said Better for America was suing over validity of its party petition, the Secretary of State says they have never been served with any papers for that supposed lawsuit.

  7. Curt Boyd

    Public Policy Polling’s survey from 8/23/16 in Utah had Trump at 39%, Clinton at 24%, Johnson at 12%, McMullin at 9%, Stein at 5%, and Castle at 2%.

  8. Shivany Lane

    Curt, That policy was so last week.

    I don’t trust polls. I know, they are supposed to be all scientific and analytic and stuff, however PEOPLE are not scientific and analytic and most don’t have land lines.
    Polls rely heavily on land lines and also for people who answer those land lines to answer their questions and answer them truthfully. How do you think a Meteor heading towards earth polled at 15%?

    People are apathetic. People are tired. People are frustrated. People feel disenfranchised, especially if you belong to a group who is disenfranchised.

    Trump went to Mexico and very humbly said, yes we did discuss the wall. He said it with a dead pan face.
    Then later that night during his policy speech, or what he advertised as a policy speech, his first point was that they were going to build that wall and Mexico was going to pay for it. He was pretty fired up about it too. Oh and someone must have explained to him what a cartel is and that they build tunnels because now he has some absurd notion that technologically we will build a wall that will also prevent them from building tunnels underneath it. I guess someone forgot to tell him two little factoids about the cartels. Every major, and many minor, player in a cartel made sure their children were born in America, thus they are American Citizens. And when a cartel puts a price on your head, they mean, bring me his decapitated head and I will pay you.

    With every toxic word that dripped from his poisoned lips I saw visions of Hitler, Stalin, Mussolini… pick your favorite bully. This is how it starts.

    I don’t know what the big deal is about Utah. There are some states that would be much easier to win or at least make a decent showing in. Maybe I should run in Utah too. It is possible that is where the Alien Mothership will be landing and I would hate to miss that! I better start packing!!

  9. Bondurant

    Utah might end up being one of the most interesting states to follow on election night. It’s exciting all of the candidates and I wonder if there’s fire to that smoke. I’d love to see Johnson win. He could have success in other states as well and equally pull from Democrats and Republicans.

    I want this election to go to the house. We need some electoral college chaos to show that our electoral college system is outdated.

  10. Shivany Lane

    Let’s examine the demographics of Utah:
    According to 2010 United States Census projections, the racial and ethnic makeup of Utah are as it follows. :
    88.6% White or European.
    13% Hispanic/Latino (of any race).
    1.8% American Indians and Alaskan Natives.
    2.8% Asian-American.
    1.3% Pacific Islander.
    1.6% African American.
    6.9% Some other race.

    It looks like Trump may actually have a shot here given the percentage of white voters, however, they tend to be more conservative and more educated which bodes well for Johnson. Surprisingly, they have a higher ration of men than women, sorry Hillary, but men do like her too. There just isn’t the diversity she needs.

    Then there is age. Johnson claims that he is tops with the Millennials which could be true except he has an old man anchor around his neck in Bill Weld. Johnson is also a little bit too laid back I think for the current voting generation. They grew up on instant, fast, want it now. But then he did offer Romney a post on his cabinet so he just went up a notch with the LDS.

    Johnson is pro choice so not sure what that will do to him. Weld and his guns issues will certainly be a problem in every state. We just love us some guns. Though Johnson and Weld are supposed to be the Libertarians who believe in personal freedom which appeals to the LDS who like to control what their children are exposed to.

    You know, scientifically, it is anyone’s guess how it will play out but one thing I do know know, This is going to be the fascinating state to watch. I am glad I vote absentee so I can watch the blow by blow, live tweets, and now facebook live shows. Awesome sauce!!

  11. Don Wills

    Trump will win Utah easily. The question is can McMullin come in third ahead of Johnson. I’d wage that he will, given the fact that McMullin is Mormon, Romney is all in for him, and McMullin is essentially running a one state campaign.

    Besides, Johnson/Weld is hardly Libertarian. Most LPers understand that unfortunately reality. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TW5gQo43ay4

  12. Shivany Lane

    I don’t know about that. We have not yet seen where the Flaming Meteor hurtling towards earth stands on the positions important to us like gun control, Taxes, Legalization of Marijuana or Climate Change. Ok well since a flaming meteor will pretty much wipe out most of the life on the planet or at least where it hits, it probably doesn’t give a crap about climate change.

    I’m still waiting for the ads. Plus it did poll at 15% in one major poll so it may be invited to the debates?

  13. Shivany Lane

    Hey Moses Austwin,
    How old are you? 12

    It was meant as humor, you know laughing at ourselves.

    I found your comment incredibly rude

  14. Jill Pyeatt

    Moises is Nathan Norman, Shivany, a real person who loves to troll us. I remove his comments as soon as I find them. He also uses Freudian Slip.

    Please do your best to ignore him.

  15. Shivany Lane

    Jill, It’s OK. I have been treated worse by so-called friendly people in party.

    I have been called many names and flamed for stuff that really doesn’t matter. People take themselves way too seriously, me included. I try not to be rude or crass though.

    In with anger out with love.

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