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Sen. Mike Lee has huge lead over challenger Misty Snow in Senate race

FILE - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Misty K. Snow with supporters at Hires Big H in Salt Lake City Friday, June 10, 2016. Incumbent Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has whopping lead over Democratic challenger Snow, a new poll shows.
FILE - Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Misty K. Snow with supporters at Hires Big H in Salt Lake City Friday, June 10, 2016. Incumbent Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has whopping lead over Democratic challenger Snow, a new poll shows.
Scott G Winterton, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Incumbent Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, has whopping lead over Democratic challenger Misty Snow, a new poll shows.

UtahPolicy.com found that 60 percent of Utahns would vote for the first-term senator if the election were held today. Only 23 percent would vote for Snow, according to the Dan Jones & Associates survey.

Independent Bill Barron picked up 4 percent, and Independent American Stoney Fonua got 3 percent, while 10 percent say they're undecided.

"The numbers are encouraging and they do show that the vast majority of working Utah families are responding to Sen. Lee's principled and positive message," said Lee campaign manager Jordan Hess.

Hess said Lee looks forward to meeting with Utahns to share his agenda and continue to earn their votes over the next six weeks.

Despite making history as the first transgender candidate to win a major party U.S. Senate primary election, Snow's campaign has gained little traction due to lack of money and name recognition.

Snow, a grocery story cashier, had a scant $6,200 in her campaign account as of the end of June compared with nearly $1 million for Lee. Neither candidate has taken to the radio or television.

Lee has a commanding lead in most every demographic category, with 60 percent of men, 59 percent of women and 87 percent of Republicans backing the senator, according to the poll. Only Democrats at 82 percent support Snow.

Even millennials, who Snow has targeted with her push to raise the minimum wage and eliminate public college tuition, favor Lee, though the gap is much smaller among 25- to 34-year-olds.

Jones surveyed 605 likely voters Sept. 1-9. The poll has a 4 percent margin of error.

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