Utah Election Results: Donald Trump beats out McMullin, Clinton

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Source: Getty Images

Donald Trump has clinched Utah, the extremely Republican state where he battled two candidates at once: Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and the recently added third-party candidate Evan McMullin.

Polls in the weeks before election day showed a tight race, with McMullin ahead in some surveys. As of Election Day, Donald Trump was projected to capture 37.7% of the vote, with McMullin at 27.9% and Clinton at 26.7%.

Third-party challenger Evan McMullin rapidly gained a huge share of Republican voters when he announced his campaign in August.
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Rick Bowmer/AP

McMullin, a Mormon Republican with CIA and U.S. House policy experience, mounted a campaign late in the election to attract Republicans who loathed Trump. McMullin focused on Utah and its large Mormon population, which was critical of Trump's comments in a leaked 2005 video where the Republican said he had groped women. 

But no Republican has lost Utah since 1964, and since 1992, no Republican had won Utah by less than 20 points.


Nov. 8, 2016, 11:57 p.m. Eastern: This story has been updated. 

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Will Drabold is a policy writer at Mic. He writes Navigating Trump's America, Mic's daily read on Donald Trump's America. He is based in Washington, D.C., and can be reached at wdrabold@mic.com

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