The election is over and done with, and we finally have an answer to the most burning question of 2016, the question that’s been everyone’s mind for the better part of the last year. But even though there was only one winner, some might be wondering about the fringe candidates. Specifically, how many electors did Evan McMullin get?
But this doesn’t mean his campaign was a complete waste of time.
“Do we use [the energy behind my candidacy] to help reform the Republican Party, or do we start a new party?" McMullin asked in an interview with Newsy. “We don’t know yet, but I have serious doubts that the Republican Party is going to be able to make the changes it needs to make to be anything other than a white nationalist party into the future.”
The very existence of McMullin’s candidacy illustrates the massive divide Trump has opened up within the Republican Party. Trump’s embrace of white nationalism and political violence, coupled with his deviation from GOP orthodoxy on issues like trade and foreign policy, have alienated significant chunks of the Republican Party, leaving many Republicans with no party to call their home. McMullin wants to ensure that these conservatives aren’t alienated from the political process entirely.
Whether he’ll be successful is an open question. Although Trump has faced well-documented opposition from within the GOP, much of this opposition has come from what you might call the establishment — strategists, former officials, and other Republicans who actually work in politics. It’s still unclear whether or not the Republican rank-and-file is as disgusted by Trump as the party's elite.