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As Trump's Lead Grows In Utah, Some Mormons Try To Convince Republicans To Vote For Clinton

Nicole Nixon
Sabrena Suite-Mangum, her husband Danny, and their children Zoe and Holden spend Family Home Evening at the Hillary for Utah headquarters in Millcreek.

Mormon supporters of Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton gathered Monday night for an informal Family Home Evening at Clinton’s Utah campaign headquarters.

Several Clinton supporters came with family members to socialize and make cards for the presidential candidate.

Sabrena Suite-Mangum was there with her husband and two children. She says she’s been a supporter of Hillary Clinton for a long time.

“As a Mormon,” Suite-Mangum says, “it’s hard for me to understand how someone could not vote for her considering her opponent.”

Numbers released by Public Policy Polling last month show that while 56% of Mormons surveyed had an unfavorable view of Donald Trump, 84% of Mormons had an unfavorable view of Clinton. And when it comes to casting a vote, 44% of Mormons say they would go with Trump, while only 12% would choose Clinton. When surveyed last month, 17% of Mormon voters were still undecided.

So these LDS Democrats are trying hard to convince their friends, family and ward members, many of whom are staunch Republicans, to really consider changing their vote this year. Utah House Minority Leader Brian King is an active Mormon, and encourages his fellow church members to vote their conscience.   

“We should not be voting party before we vote for principles,” King says. “Look, vote your principles, vote your conscience, because this is a guy who is not consistent in terms of what his personal values are and what his life choices have been.”

But Trump’s support in Utah seems to be growing. A poll released by this week put Trump ahead of Clinton by 15 points, up from a 9-point lead he had in June.

Nicole Nixon holds a Communication degree from the University of Utah. She has worked on and off in the KUER Newsroom since 2013, when she first joined KUER as an intern. Nicole is a Utah native. Besides public radio, she is also passionate about beautiful landscapes and breakfast burritos.
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