With a 50-50 Senate, Utah voters could throw a wrinkle into both parties 2022 map with an independent candidate who is leaning into civility as the antidote to Trumpism.
- Evan McMullin, a Republican turned independent, is within striking distance of Sen. Mike Lee.
- Utah Democrats bypassed on putting up their own nominee to support McMullin
- Experts say Utah’s anti-Trump streak make it a unique red state in 2022
If you asked most political forecasters at the start of the year to list the most important Senate races of 2022, few would have put Utah among their top 10.
Enter Evan McMullin, a Republican turned independent who ran for president in 2016 and who is leaning into Utah’s Senate race as a referendum on saving democracy in an era defined by threats to the electoral process.