According to a new survey of 804 registered Utah voters conducted for the Deseret News/Hinckley Institute of Politics, incumbent U.S. Senator Mike Lee is leading in his re-election bid with the support of 43% of voters. Independent challenger Evan McMullin runs second at 19% and Democrat Kael Weston trails with only 11%.
Nearly a quarter of voters (24%) remain undecided.
McMullin campaign spokeswoman Kelsey Koenen Witt noted to the media that the poll shows “a well-known, 12-year incumbent polling far below 50%.”
“We know that a majority of Utahns are not with Sen. Lee,” she said. “Utah voters are tired of Lee’s political stunts and his devotion to party bosses and the special interest groups that fund his campaigns.”
McMullin has raised well over a million dollars thus far and is actively courting the support of Democrats and independents in his uphill battle to unseat the Republican incumbent.