McMullin Says He's Not a Spoiler, But 'Trump is a Spoiler for Conservatism'
Former CIA officer and independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin says he's turned his home state of Utah into a three-way race because "people here are principled conservatives."
A Y2 Analytics poll released this week had Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton with 26 points apiece, with McMullin coming in at 22 percent. A new Monmouth poll has the split at 34 percent Trump, 28 percent Clinton and 20 percent McMullin.
McMullin told Fox News that he's "very humbled" by the numbers but feels he has room to grow with only 52 percent name recognition in the state right now.
"People are looking more closely at the candidates as we approach Election Day. And they're not liking, especially here in Utah, what they're seeing in Donald Trump," he said.
Asked whether he could be a spoiler who tips the state to Hillary Clinton, McMullin replied that "the Constitution allows me to run for the presidency of the United States, and that's exactly what I'm doing."
"I'm a candidate like they are. And it's a three-way race in Utah between Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, and me. And I believe, with the support of Utahans, that we can prevail here and that we will prevail," he added. "So, that's what this is about. If anything, Donald Trump is a spoiler for conservatism. He's a spoiler for the Republican Party. It's terrible that, here in the state of Utah, he's backed by hundreds of millions of dollars and the RNC, the Republican Party in general, and he can't even beat Hillary Clinton decisively."
"So, that's on him, not on me. I'm the only conservative in this race, and I'm standing for principles that this country was founded upon and that are key to our future. And a lot of people here in Utah and elsewhere especially in the Mountain West see that and want to support it."
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney hasn't endorsed McMullin, but the campaign is using some of the 2012 GOP nominee's advisers and has paid for use of his email list.