Dem high rollers pour millions into Evan McMullin’s campaign to oust Mike Lee, but may have big regrets

The millions of dollars that have been funneled into the campaign of independent Utah Senate hopeful Evan McMullin by Democrat high rollers and their Big Tech allies isn’t looking like money well spent as the quirky candidate is badly trailing Republican incumbent Sen. Mike Lee with only a week to go until the midterm elections.

McMullin, a Beltway media darling who has carved out a niche for himself as an outspoken hater of former President Donald J. Trump, has been described in gushing terms by some in the media including Fox News leftist Juan Williams who compared him to “Star Wars” hero Luke Skywalker. But all of the love from establishment insiders isn’t crossing over to voters who already elected one dud senator in Mitt Romney and appear to have learned their lesson.

According to the Associated Press, “Tech leaders and Democratic Party-aligned groups are among those funneling millions into Utah to support independent Evan McMullin’s bid to unseat Republican Sen. Mike Lee.”

“The amount of money pouring into the race reflects how McMullin has turned Utah from a political afterthought to a legitimate battleground. The outside spending supporting him also illustrates the traditional partisan dynamics at play in the independent-versus-Republican race and the emerging reality that some Democratic Party-aligned groups and donors see McMullin — an anti-abortion conservative — as one path toward preventing Republicans from controlling the Senate,” the outlet reported.

That the former CIA spook who has positioned himself as an independent is essentially a shadow Democrat in the deeply conservative state isn’t exactly a secret, the Utah Democratic Party chose not to nominate a candidate of its own to run against Lee earlier this year, instead throwing its support to McMullin who made a name for himself with a dark horse presidential bid against Trump in the 2016 election.

But despite the Democrat money pouring into McMullin’s coffers, he isn’t faring well in polls, one of which shows Lee with a 10-point lead, a sign that the millions spent to install him in the Senate may as well have been flushed down the toilet.

According to an Emerson College poll taken last week, Lee is clobbering his “independent” opponent 49 percent to 39 percent. The poll also suggests that deeply unpopular President Joe Biden is a further drag on McMullin’s numbers.

“Biden holds a 60% disapproval among Utah voters, while 30% approve of the job he is doing as president,” the poll states.

Twitter users weighed in on McMullin’s troubles despite his backing from Democrat-aligned donors with deep pockets.

“If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck, and has webbed feet like a duck … in this case, it’s a Democrat,” wrote  @BasedMikeLee, an account supportive of the Republican incumbent.

Others took no small amount of delight that “Luke Skywalker” appears to be on the brink of coming up short in his mission to destroy the Death Star.

Whether a resounding loss will be enough to finally end McMullin’s failed political career remains to be seen but it probably wouldn’t be too surprising if his backers trot him out for another White House run in 2024.

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