Evan McMullin on Principles & Values
Conservative independent challenger
McMullin, a Utah native, presents himself as the "true conservative" alternative to Trump. His weakness--common among third party candidates--is that 48% of Utah voters don't know him. But McMullin receives positive marks from the 52% of voters who do know him: Four out of five view him positively. That's in stark contrast to Clinton and Trump, as both have unfavorable ratings of 70% in Utah.
McMullin cannot win the presidency through the Electoral College since he is on the ballot in only 11 states. But voters can write in his name in 23 additional states.
Apart from his low profile, his candidacy will face other substantial hurdles in gaining traction--especially with ballot access and fundraising. But people close to the effort suggested McMullin would have the backing of serious Republican donors and fundraisers. They also pointed to his ties to Utah, a state where polls show Trump badly underperforming with the Mormon-heavy electorate. McMullin, an alum of Brigham Young University, plans to aggressively contest the state.
Unlike National Review writer David French, another conservative courted by anti-Trump Republicans to launch a long-shot third-party bid, McMullin has virtually no public profile. He doesn't appear regularly on television, and has just 135 followers on Twitter.
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