- Associated Press - Friday, October 21, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - The Latest on independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin, who is surging in Utah (all times local):

8:35 p.m.

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin told several hundred people at a rally in Utah Friday night that a vote for him will not only help him win the state, but could kick-start a new conservative movement that will change the political discussion around the country.

McMullin has been surging in the polls in Utah and drawing large crowds at rallies as he becomes the conduit for conservative voters fed up with Republican Donald Trump’s crudeness and antics.

McMullin said he jumped into the race when he realized nobody else was going to give voters an option other than Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, neither of whom stand for basic conservative principles.

The Republican stronghold of Utah is suddenly a toss-up state amid widespread rejection of Trump. Polls show McMullin closing in on the Republican nominee and Democrat Hillary Clinton. That means Utah may elect a non-Republican presidential candidate for the first time since 1964.

If McMullin wins Utah, he would be the first independent presidential candidate to win electoral votes since George Wallace in 1968

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1:41 a.m.

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin is surging in the polls in Utah and drawing large crowds at rallies as he becomes the conduit for conservative voters fed up with Republican Donald Trump’s crudeness and antics.

The Republican stronghold of Utah is suddenly a toss-up state amid widespread rejection of Trump. Polls show McMullin closing in on the Republican nominee and Democrat Hillary Clinton. That means Utah may elect a non-Republican presidential candidate for the first time since 1964.

Though McMullin is only on the ballot in 11 states, there’s even talk of the 40-year-old becoming president in a wild, exceedingly unlikely scenario in which neither Trump or Democrat Hillary Clinton gets enough electoral votes and Congress is left to decide.


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