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Evan McMullin Falls Short In Utah

Renee Bright
Evan McMullin gives his concession speech at The Depot in Salt Lake on Nov. 8, 2016.

Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin fell short of his goal of taking Utah away from Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton, despite widespread dissatisfaction for both candidates.


The mood at Evan McMullin’s campaign watch party in downtown Salt Lake began upbeat enough.


Several hundred supporters walked a red carpet, snapped selfies and wore glow sticks while dancing to classic rock songs from a local cover band.


That changed as Donald Trump started racking up a string of victories throughout the night.

Shortly after Utah was called for Trump, McMullin admitted he had not succeeded in his strategy to block Trump’s path to the presidency.


“It looks like we may have come short on that tonight,” said McMullin in a brief concession speech.   


But McMullin reiterated his criticism of Trump as a divisive figure, and says he will continue to fight for better leadership.


“Some will wonder if our effort will end tonight. They will wonder if this is the end of our work. It is not. This marks the beginning of a new conservative movement.”


McMullin had been competitive in polls in mid-to-late October, only to see his lead slip after the Utah GOP, aided by a visit by Vice Presidential candidate Mike Pence, urged Republicans to “come home” to Trump.


The tally at the end of the night showed McMullin fell to third place behind Clinton and Trump.


Julia joined KUER in 2016 after a year reporting at the NPR member station in Reno, Nev. During her stint, she covered battleground politics, school overcrowding, and any story that would take her to the crystal blue shores of Lake Tahoe. Her work earned her two regional Edward R. Murrow awards. Originally from the mountains of Western North Carolina, Julia graduated from UNC-Chapel Hill in 2008 with a degree in journalism. She’s worked as both a print and radio reporter in several states and several countries — from the 2008 Beijing Olympics to Dakar, Senegal. Her curiosity about the American West led her to take a spontaneous, one-way road trip to the Great Basin, where she intends to continue preaching the gospel of community journalism, public radio and podcasting. In her spare time, you’ll find her hanging with her beagle Bodhi, taking pictures of her food and watching Patrick Swayze movies.
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