Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin leads in Utah — new poll

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin topped both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in a new Utah poll released Wednesday.

The survey, from Emerson College, showed that McMullin had 31 percent of support — while Trump had 27 percent and Clinton had 24 percent in the state. The margin of error for the poll was 3.6 percent, according to a release detailing the results.

McMullin, a Mormon businessman who was formerly a CIA operative, had been climbing in recent Utah polls as Trump struggled in the state.

The last time a Republican lost Utah was 1964 — when Lyndon B. Johnson trounced Barry Goldwater. The last independent candidate to win electoral votes was segregationist George Wallace in 1968.