According to several sources, a third candidate, an apparently anti-Trump Republican, will also run in the race for the presidency.
You’ve likely never heard of him, but Evan McMullin is the current chief policy director for the House Republican conference. McMullin also spent most of his career as a CIA agent.
Due to his largely unknown status, it is not likely he poses much of a threat to either Trump or Hillary this election. However, one cannot be sure. The “Never Trump” camp has been growing and GOP officials are quickly losing their patience with the Republican presidential nominee.
McMullin has a small twitter following and hardly any presence in the media.
Sources said McMullin was planning to file his paperwork Monday at around noon. 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 in 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.
McMullin posted to his Facebook page on August 2,
“As Donald Trump continues attacking Muslims and as a former CIA officer, I’d like all Americans to know the truth… American and other Muslims have played a central role in virtually every counter terrorism win we’ve had since 9/11. They are an indispensable asset in this fight. Attacking them as a group makes America weaker, not stronger.”
Though Republicans seem to need and want a viable candidate, it’s uncertain whether they’ll be able to find what they’re looking for in McMullin.
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