From Utah, presidential candidate Evan McMullin calls for ‘new conservative movement’

SALT LAKE CITY — Two months after he jumped into the presidential race as a political unknown, independent candidate Evan McMullin is surging in Utah polls and drawing large crowds of Republican-leaning voters fed up with Donald Trump’s crudeness and antics.

The Republican stronghold of Utah is suddenly a toss-up state amid widespread rejection of Trump, with polls showing McMullin closing in on the Republican nominee and Democrat Hillary Clinton. It means that Utah may do what seemed unthinkable: Elect a non-Republican presidential candidate for the first time since 1964.

McMullin’s stunning ascent into relevancy has everyone asking: Who is this guy?

The 40-year-old recounted his life story to several hundred people at a rally Friday night in a Salt Lake City suburb, acknowledging that he was a complete unknown three short months ago. “We weren’t famous before we started so we’ve got a lot of explaining to do,” he said.

Born in Provo, Utah – the heartland of Mormon country – McMullin spent his childhood in a rural area of Washington outside Seattle. He did a two-year Mormon mission in Brazil and then returned to Utah to earn a degree in international law and diplomacy at the Mormon church-owned Brigham Young University.

11 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • justinwachin says:

    So does this guy have any possibility of receiving 270 electoral votes? At this point it appears there are only two candidates who have a chance of gaining enough electoral votes to win the election–Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. As much as we may prefer a better choice, either Clinton or Trump is going to be elected on election day. We should vote accordingly.

  • duncmck says:

    being from utah it is soo dispicable that these turncoats are establishment hack phonies of the highest order ..i loved mike lee ..there fake so called intellectual legal constitutional perspective is warped .there are principles of the individual being at the top of the food/political chain slipped bigtime! they must think representative government TRUMPS the cattle they russle..pun intended.utah ?conservative? ..genius hoax.i will be voting against these phonies in my home state..orin hatch belongs in the laughing academy ..what happened mike??

  • Don Wright says:

    So here is a “holier” than thou purported conservative claiming that people in Utah should vote for him … now it is known that the electoral votes in Utah are few … however in that this election will come down between just two candidates Hillary and Trump … you need to ask yourself this … would you be willing to sacrifice this country to Hillary if your few electoral votes turn out to be the difference? Squandering votes in this fashion is no better than staying home. I am surprised that there hasn’t been 2000 women making claims against Trump as the entire major media leftist reporters have been contacting every woman Trump has ever come in contact with … the latest a “sleezy” porn queen is now “jumping” on this bandwagon … perfect time to introduce her new “sex” toy line … if people in Utah have half a brain they will realize that these women … coming forward now …at the encouragement(under the table fame and money from these leftist networks … truth be damned … they are just desperate to level any smear they can against Trump … what better way than to have “lying” women come forward … if any of their stories were true …”why didn’t they report these events when they occurred … if a billionaire had committed these acts … don’t you think that at least one of them would have made an issue of it at the time???) If Utah were to vote for this “pretender” and possibly lead to the election of the worst candidate (honesty, integrity, decency … all lacking … having committed criminal offenses … getting a free pass from our corrupt DOJ and FBI) being elected … well Utah should be quarantined for all times sake as the land of the “brain dead”.

  • Jose says:

    Wonder how much he was paid (his own way of pay for play) to get on the ballot. As he admitted, he is a “NOBODY” but he sure has an abundance of money (which any candidate knows it takes) to spend on building himself up. Hope wikileaks reveals where he is getting his endless money.

  • Aurora says:

    What crudeness are they speaking of! America must secure its border, and why bring people here that cannot be vetted! They act like the are holier than God, they condemn Trump like they are all without sin! I see that the devil is in them all to throw stones at someone knowing the fact that when one admits ones sin and ask God for forgiveness, he forgive us all!

    1. jnora says:

      I can’t imagine that people who claim to love God and are willing to give up our country for the sake of their hurt feelings. They are willing to make America even less godly than it already is. That, my friends, is not loving God. How they can claim to love God is beyond me. I am not judging I am just asking a question and stating an opinion.

  • Danny says:

    Sorry but this this guy is nothing more than a turncoat republican Hellary loving probable financed by Soros, never Trump Romney, Graham elite American hater. His sole purpose is the same as Kasich and Cruz to prevent the choice candidate of we the people from being elected even if it means the end of America. This lowlife doesn’t care.

    1. Rodney Steward says:

      Nailed it friend,Romney had a big hand in this because of his hatred for Trump! This is more proof that the whole system is scared of Trump and him bringing down that house of nasty cards! Romney is new member of the back stabbing crew of McCain, McConnell, and Graham and Obama’s favorite lap dawgs!

  • BH says:

    If he really had wanted to win, he would have gotten into the race a LONG TIME AGO. All he’s doing now is what Glen Beck wants, someone to vote for that’s not Trump or Hillary, the only two with a chance to win. So, a vote for him is a half vote for Hillary anyway. Thanks guys, the liberal SCOTUS picks she will make are on you!

    1. Irene Elizabeth Grooms says:

      If he was a real republican he would not be doing this to us poor people. HE IS A SACK OF DO DO.

    2. Rodney Steward says:

      I use to be a big fan of Beck, but he’s lost it, he’s went crazy! He’s now like Romney, a POS, I miss the old Beck but he’s lost his way now!!

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