Situational awareness – September 3, 2019

Good Tuesday morning from Salt Lake City.

Welcome back from the long holiday weekend.

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Here are the stories you need to pay attention to this morning:

  • There’s a sharp partisan divide among Utahns over whether the 2020 census should include a citizenship question.
  • McAdams talks 2020, impeachment, and gun control. 
  • Hurricane Dorian is downgraded to a Category 3 but continues to threaten Florida.
  • Democrats plan to probe Trump’s alleged role in hush-money payments.

Trivia time

Our polling shows President Donald Trump sitting at 40% in Utah ahead of his 2020 re-election bid. Trump carried Utah in 2016 with only 45.5% of the vote, which is a shockingly low level of support in a heavily Republican state. If Trump’s support in Utah holds at that level, it would not be the lowest vote percentage by a winning presidential candidate in a popular vote statewide presidential election.

That honor belongs to Woodrow Wilson, who got 32.1% of the vote in Idaho in 1912. Thanks to Smart Politics for the answer.

Quite a few readers got the year right (1912), but incorrectly guessed Willam Howard Taft, who carried Vermont that year with 37.1%.


Days to the 2019 Utah municipal elections: 63 (11/5/2019)

Days to the first day of the 2020 Utah Legislature: 146 (1/27/2020)

Days to the Utah presidential primaries: 186 (3/3/2020)

Days to the 2020 Utah primary elections: 295 (6/23/2020)

Days to the 2020 election: 427 (11/3/2020)