Shurtleff rides high in the polls

Chris Rizo Jun. 30, 2008, 2:00am

Mark Shurtleff (R)

SALT LAKE CITY (Legal Newsline)-Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff has a commanding lead ahead of his Democratic challenger, a poll indicates.

About four months Ahead of the November general election, Shurtleff leads Democrat Jean Welch Hill 68 percent to 17 percent, a Deseret News and KSL-TV poll shows.

In addition to Hill, Shurtleff faces a November challenge from Libertarian attorney Andrew McCullough.

The survey of 405 registered voters statewide shows that 13 percent of voters are undecided.

The poll, taken June 16-June 19, has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.5 percentage points.

Shurtleff, who is seeking a third term as attorney general, has a 72 percent job approval rating, with just 16 percent of Utahans disapproving of the Republican's efforts, the poll shows.

He was re-elected in 2004 with 68 percent support in the predominately Republican state.

Hill, a longtime attorney for the Utah State Board of Education, was stripped last year by Shurtleff of her title of assistant attorney general over her official recommendation to schools not to implement a voucher system for Utah's schools.

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