McMullin takes the lead at 31 percent support in Utah, with Donald Trump at 27 percent and Hillary Clinton at 24 percent, according to an Emerson College poll.
Idaho is the third most Republican state, with Utah as the eighth most Republican state,According to thehill.com, a newspaper based in Washington D.C.
Donald Trump has been trading his traditional Republican voters for swing state voters, according to realclearpolitics.com, a political data aggregation website.
“There’s a battle in the House of Representatives in Boise, not between Democrats and Republicans, but between Establishment Republicans and Traditional Republicans,” said Ron Nate, a Republican member of the Idaho House of Representatives and a BYU-Idaho faculty member in the economics department. “Nationally, I think you can see that there is a split in the Republican party.”
“McMullin has focused intently on wooing fellow Utah Mormons, whose distaste for Donald Trump runs deep but who also dislike Hillary Clinton enough that McMullin has an unusual path to victory,” according to washingtonpost.com.
“The Republican stronghold of Utah is suddenly a toss-up state amid widespread rejection of Trump,”according to usnews.com. “Polls show McMullin closing in on the Republican nominee and Democrat Hillary Clinton. That means Utah may elect a non-Republican presidential candidate for the first time since 1964.”
Utah has been one of the Republican states most resistant to Trump, according to time.com.
“I can’t support someone who isn’t wise or good, or doesn’t fit the bill to be president,” Nate said.
Evan McMullin’s political stance as a conservative Republican fits well with Mormon viewpoints, but McMullin does not limit the reason for his success to Mormons, according to time.com.
“Though McMullin, who is Mormon, is winning support from Latter-Day Saints in Utah, he credits his success to a broader role of faith, including that of evangelicals and Catholics, in the region,” according to time.com.
Over 1,000 people went to McMullin’s rally in Rexburg.
“I haven’t given him too much research, but I’m sure he would be a better president than the two primary candidates,” said Devin Dalling, a junior studying communication. “I think he’s got some traction. I think he’s struck a chord with a lot of religious voters, especially Mormons.”
Bret Goesch, a sophomore studying accounting, said, McMullin is doing well in Idaho and Utah because he is Mormon.
“I think because Mormons as a whole are morally opposed to Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, they find Evan McMullin to be a candidate that they can vote for, and have their conscience not be violated,” Goesch said.
Tyler Bergreen, a freshman majoring in marriage and family studies, said he is unsure of McMullin’s qualifications.
“I guess he doesn’t really have experience, but he’s better than Hillary or Trump,” Bergreen said.
McMullin said that many Americans are still getting to know them. He said a three-month presidential campaign is far from ideal and they are the first to acknowledge that, according to The Telegraph.
“All we can do is engage as much as we can, that’s why we’re depending so much on social media,” McMullin said.