How Many Total Votes Did Evan McMullin Get? The Third Party Candidate Wanted To Shake Things Up
The 2016 presidential election has certainly been dramatic. Third party presidential candidate Evan McMullin became a bit of a disruption and nearly threw another wrench into the tense proceedings with his candidacy. McMullin's name is not anywhere near as familiar as those of main candidates Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump on the national scale.
While McMullin was only listed on the ballot of 11 states, McMullin posed a serious threat to grab the six electoral votes of his native Utah, and was therefore a potentially viable roadblock for both Clinton's and Trump's campaigns. But at the end of the day, Trump took the state and its electoral votes, as well as the presidency.
Ultimately, McMullin entered the fray and threatened to make a real mess of the election. If neither candidate received the necessary 270 electoral votes to ensure a victory due to McMullin receiving even one state's votes, the election season would have been extended, and the decision could have been made by the House of Representatives. According to ABC News, that hasn't happened since 1824. Also, a third-party candidate hadn't swooped into to win electoral votes since 1968. Those streaks remain in tact.
According to CBS News, McMullin, 40, is a onetime CIA operative, a Mormon, and a conservative. He said he chose to enter the race because of his opposition to both the Democratic and Republican nominees.
McMullin told CBS that he views Clinton as "deeply corrupt" and "willing to sacrifice our national security secrets" and see's Trump as "somebody who is willing to divide our country" and "a true danger to our country."
While McMullin certainly inserted himself into the national conversation and Election Day proceedings, he didn't grab his state's electoral votes. But he certainly made politicos uncomfortable in the process.