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David Evan McMullin

April 2, 1976 (1976-04-02) (age 45)
Provo, Utah, U.S.
Political party Republican (Before 2016)
Independent (2016–present)
Alma mater Brigham Young University
University of Pennsylvania

David Evan McMullin (born on April 2, 1976) is a former CIA operations officer and independent presidential candidate. He ran for office as an independent in the 2016 United States presidential election. He calls himself a conservative alternative to the main presidential candidates. McMullin did not win the election, but he performed well in Utah, where he got 20% of the popular vote.

Early life and career

McMullin was born on 2 April 1976 in Provo, Utah, to David McMullin and Lanie Bullard. At a young age, his family moved to a rural area outside of Seattle, Washington, where his father worked as a computer scientist and his mother sold bulk foods to neighbors from the family's garage.

He joined the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) after the September 11 attacks.

2016 Presidential campaign

On 8 August 2016, McMullin announced that he would run as a candidate for President of the United States in the 2016 presidential election as an independent. He decided to run because he saw Donald Trump as being an unfit conservative candidate.

McMullin had the support of several anti-Trump Republican donors. McMullin's campaign was supported by some members of the "Never Trump" movement.

On 6 October, he named Mindy Finn to be his running mate.


Below is a table showing his performance in various states. He did not win any state, so subsequently, he did not win any electoral votes.

Place State Votes %
1  Utah 207,288 21.05%
2  Idaho 46,702 6.72%
3  Minnesota 53,075 1.80%
4  Virginia 54,054 1.36%
5  Kentucky 22,780 1.18%
6  Arkansas 13,187 1.17%
7  Colorado 28,765 1.04%
8  South Carolina 21,016 1.00%
9  Iowa 12,331 0.79%
10  New Mexico 5,722 0.72%
11  Louisiana 8,547 0.42%
12  Texas 20,227 0.23%
13  Vermont 629 0.20%
14  Connecticut 1,481 0.10%
15  Missouri 1,372 0.05%

Political beliefs

McMullin is against abortion. He also wants to overturn Roe v. Wade. He said that we would want to reduce unintended pregnancies and promote adoption.

He believes in the "traditional marriage between a man and a woman," but "respects" the Obergefell v. Hodges decision (which allowed same-sex marriage nationwide) and wants to "move on" from the issue.

McMullin supports free trade, and believes that it has a lot of benefits. He supports NAFTA and the proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership.

He also wants to reduce the corporate tax, individual income tax. and the estate tax.

He wants to cut some support of programs like Social Security, and raise the retirement age.

McMullin is one of the few conservatives in the United States who believes in climate change that is caused by humans. He said,"I do believe that the climate is changing, and I do believe that human activity is contributing to it. If I were president, I would increase investment in technologies that can help us limit and decrease our carbon emissions."

On immigration, McMullin supports more border security but not mass deportation.

McMullin supports the part of Obamacare that doesn't allow health insurance companies to deny coverage against people with preexisting conditions. However, he also said that "we also need to do better than ObamaCare."

McMullin admires foreign leaders like Benjamin Netanyahu and Shinzō Abe.

He believes that Donald Trump, the Republican candidate, has an "allegiance to [Russian President] Vladimir Putin." McMullin accused Putin of trying to destabilize European and North American countries "through fomenting discord between different racial groups, different ethnic groups and different religious groups."

McMullin supports keeping the Guantanamo Bay detention camp open and opposes the use of torture and has criticized Trump's support for it.

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