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New York • Hillary Clinton's campaign will field a staffer in Utah yes, Utah as she ramps up a 50-state strategy aimed at galvanizing support for her presidential bid.
And a new poll shows Utah Democrats are already marching her way.
A survey by UtahPolicy.com finds Clinton with 57 percent support among Utah Democrats and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who has declined to run several times, pulling in 25 percent of a small sample of voters polled.
Utah Republicans are split on whom they would back in the wide field of contenders for their party's nomination.
Clinton, who announced her White House campaign this month, plans to put workers on the ground in every state, the District of Columbia and American territories by the end of May. They will work to build grass-roots support, organize meetings and train volunteers.
"When we say this campaign is about every American, we mean it," the former secretary of state said in an email to supporters this week. "We're going to be in all 50 states and the territories right from the start."
Ben Haynes, an American Fork native who worked to re-elect Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill and on the Count My Vote initiative, will take on the Clinton campaign efforts in Utah, the campaign confirmed Friday.
A Clinton official said the 50-state strategy shows the campaign is "about other people, not about her."
President Barack Obama had a staffer in Utah during the 2012 election, who largely helped organize trips to the nearby swing states of Colorado and Nevada, where volunteers knocked on doors. There's no realistic chance that Utah's six electoral votes would go to a Democratic candidate. Utah gave Obama his poorest showing in that contest and Bill Clinton came in third in the Beehive State (behind Ross Perot) when he ran for president in 1992.
The UtahPolicy poll, conducted by Dan Jones & Associates, with a margin of error of 10 percent, indicates a strong following of Clinton supporters among Utah Democrats. Far behind Clinton and Warren is Vice President Joe Biden.
Among Republicans, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush grabs the most support of Utah Republicans with 22 percent while some 36 percent of GOP voters are unsure of whom they would take in the crowded contest.
Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas nabs 13 percent of support, while Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida gets 9 percent and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker pulls in 8 percent.