Utah Republicans consider voting for a Democrat over Trump

GRANTSVILLE, Utah — Filipino-American Jewel Allen is a Republican. She’s associated herself with the party since becoming a U.S. citizen in 1997.

“I’ve always voted for a Republican president,” she said, “but this is the year when I think I’m not going to do that.”

Allen added that she’s disappointed with the GOP and critical of its nominee, Donald Trump.

“It seems like we can do better as a nation,” she said.

Allen’s not alone in feeling that way. According to a recent poll by two of Utah’s leading news outlets, the Deseret News and KSL, Hilary Clinton led Trump 38 to 36 percent, with 24 percent of voters saying they’re either undecided or planning on skipping the election altogether.

In a Trump-Bernie Sanders matchup, Sanders led 48 to 37 percent, with 15 percent undecided or choosing not to vote.

Allen believes some Utahns are questioning Trump because of former presidential candidate and Utah resident Mitt Romney, who has been vocal in his opposition to the billionaire businessman.

“He’s a prominent Republican and Utahn. A lot of people will listen to him. But personally, that didn’t really weigh in on my decision to vote for somebody else other than Trump,” she said.

Voting for a Democrat is a possibility for Allen, but she hopes a third-party candidate will emerge.

“I’m still waiting for something better to come along,” she said.

If Utah votes for a Democrat this November, it would be the first time that’s happened in more than 50 years.

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  • Mario
    9 June 2016 at 3:16 pm - Reply

    UTAH is predominantly Mormon,they are Christians, Hillary is Pro- Moslem, Trump is anti Moslem, When Hillary became the Secretary of the State, she topple down Mubarak and replace it with Moslem Brotherhood.Is it because of Huma, who allegedly a daugther of high ranking Moslem Brotherhood.. Trump said Syrian refugees should go back home, Hillary said she need 64,000 Moslems refugees a year to America. There is no way the Mormon will give Utah to the Moslems. Watch youtube; “Moslems demographics” Islam will take over America by 2045 its because of multi breeding, One family of Moslem can produce 8-10 children, while One family of American has 1.3 birth rate.