On the same day that the Utah Attorney General candidates will face off in a televised debate, a new UtahPolicy.com survey finds the incumbent, Sean Reyes, has a 43-point lead over his Democratic opponent, John Harper.
The survey gives Reyes 61% support to Harper’s 18%. Libertarian candidate Andrew McCullough gets 5% while Independent American nominee Michael Isbell scores 4%. 14% are undecided.
Reyes’ lead has jumped 6-points since our previous survey gave him a 55-20% gap over Harper. McCullough has dropped 2 points since our last poll while Isbell lost 1% support. The number of undecideds has fallen from 16% to 14%.
Reyes and Harper will be the only candidates on the stage for the Utah Debate Commission event at Dixie State Univeristy on Wednesday night. Neither McCullough or Isbell scored high enough in their survey, conducted in August, to be included in the event. The moderator will be former KSL-TV anchor Bruce Lindsey. The debate will be televised on ABC 4, KSL-TV, KBYU, KUED and aired on KSL Radio and Utah Public Radio.
Republicans overwhelmingly support Reyes, giving him an 85-2% lead over Harper. Meanwhile, Harper only gets 73% support from Democrats, while 10% of his party say they’ll cross over and vote for Reyes. Political independents favor Reyes 51-20%.
Reyes is hoping to win a full term in office. He won the special election in 2014 to finish out the term of former Attorney General John Swallow, who resigned in 2013, less than a year after taking office. Reyes was appointed to replace Swallow in December of 2013.
In the 2014 election, Reyes defeated Democrat Charles Stormont 63-27%. In 2012 Swallow beat Democrat Dee Smith 65-30%.
The UtahPolicy.com survey was conducted by Dan Jones & Associates