On Wednesday, October 26, Donald Trump’s running mate Mike Pence held a rally in Salt Lake City, Utah in order to bring back the voters that the team has lost.
Pence is more popular than Trump in Utah, so this was an effort to show Utah voters that Trump is not in this race alone. Pence stated “”A vote for any candidate other than Donald Trump, bottom line, is a vote to make Hillary Clinton the 45th president of the United States, so it’s time to come home. It’s time for Republicans to come home. Come home to vote for the Trump-Pence team.” This statement is directed toward supporters of Evan McMullin, who has only been in this race for a few short months. He urges voters to remember their republican roots, and stresses that a vote for McMullin will turn the state blue.
Unfortunately for Pence, some important officials did not show up to his rally, including Gov. Gary Herbert, Sen. Mike Lee, and Reps. Jason Chaffetz and Mia Love. These elected officials all turned their backs to Trump’s campaign after the vulgar footage of Trump from Access Hollywood was leaked.
While Utahn officials refused to show up, the Idaho Rep. Raul Labrador came to back up Pence. Labrador is a Mormon and a graduate of Brigham Young University. He urged voters to think twice about voting for McMullin, stating that he in unqualified to lead the country. Labrador stressed that Utahn’s should not fall victim to the framing of the media. Donald Trump is being torn down by media, while McMullin is becoming a hero. Labrador hopes that the voters of Utah will be smarter than to let the media influence their decision on election day.
Utah is still up for grabs with less than two weeks left in the race. The Trump campaign may need more than a Pence rally to gain back their voters.