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Dan Jones Poll: Huntsman takes lead with two weeks to go

Dan Jones Poll: Huntsman takes lead with two weeks to go

SALT LAKE CITY (June 16, 2020)  — Governor Jon Huntsman has moved into the lead in the four-candidate Republican primary election, according to a new poll released by the Salt Lake Chamber and conducted by Dan Jones & Associates. The poll shows Governor Huntsman with a two-point lead among Republican voters, and a four-point lead when factoring in unaffiliated voters who say they will register with the party to get a ballot.

“This poll confirms the momentum we’ve felt building over the past few weeks,” said Governor Huntsman. “Utahns are rightfully anxious about the economic challenge we face following the pandemic and this is no time to think small. Our plan to double the economy is the right vision for the state and we will continue to work for every vote right up to Election Day.”

Among all voters who say they intend to vote in the closed Republican Party Primary, Governor Huntsman leads Spencer Cox 35 percent to 31 percent, with Greg Hughes at 10 percent, Thomas Wright at 5 percent and only 18 percent remaining undecided.

Among that small group of undecided voters, 11 percent say they are leaning toward supporting Governor Huntsman, compared to five percent for the next candidate.

“Just two weeks ago polls with much smaller sample sizes were showing us trailing by up to seven points, but with large numbers of undecided voters,” said Huntsman campaign spokesman, Marty Carpenter. “But those polls also showed Utahns trust Governor Huntsman by a significant margin when it comes to leading our economic recovery. This trend shows voters see what they are looking for in Governor Huntsman: a proven track record as a conservative who can take Utah to new heights. We are very encouraged by the poll numbers but we know every vote is important in a tight race like this one.”

The Dan Jones & Associates poll was conducted from June 1-10. (See page 4.)

The primary is being conducted through a vote by mail system. Ballots have already been distributed and must be returned by June 30. Voters can still register as Republicans by June 19 and receive a ballot. Any voter who has received a non-partisan ballot but who has or will register as Republican should contact their county clerk to receive a ballot. A full list of county clerks is available here.


Marty Carpenter