By Cameron Rasmusson
For many voters, Evan McMullin came out of nowhere following Donald Trump’s scandals early this month. But now he’s a force to be reckoned with in Idaho polls.
The independent candidate now charts at 10 percent in Idaho, according to a recent Rasmussen poll. Trump still safely leads the state at 48 percent, while Hillary Clinton holds the middle ground at 29 percent.
At this late stage of the election, McMullin may well emerge the third party candidate of choice in Idaho. According to the same Rasmussen poll of 750 likely voters, Libertarian candidate Gary Johnson pulls in at six-percent support, while Green Party candidate Jill Stein fails to move the needle.
McMullin, a Bringham Young University graduate, rocketed to prominence in Utah early this month. The surge followed many Republicans disavowing Trump for his recorded comments about kissing and groping women without consent. One poll after the scandal showed voters split between Clinton and Trump at 26 percent each, while McMullin followed close behind at 22 percent.
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