Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin and his running mate Mindy Finn are making waves in the Gem State. At a rally at Boise High School, hundreds came out to see the pair deliver a message on what they call “The New Conservative Movement”.
"We're building a new conservative movement that's open to people of all faith and all religions,” said McMullin to reporters. “A new conservative movement that welcomes women and people with disabilities and believes all men and woman are created equal."
Before his run for the White House, the Mormon-raised politician worked with the C.I.A. and The House Committee on Foreign Affairs. In his speech, McMullin said he believes his is the only true conservative campaign, calling Hillary Clinton the most corrupt presidential candidate in modern U.S. history. He also had strong words for Donald Trump and republicans who stand behind him.
"This (Trump) is somebody who is not a conservative,” said McMullin while speaking to supporters. “He hasn't been a republican he's not conservative, in fact he's more in line with Hillary Clinton then he is with our values."
It's hard-line talk like this which has McMullin neck and neck with Trump in Utah according to some polls. And now he's attracting voters in the Gem State.
"You can't just vote for someone just because that's the only option, that's not the only option, there are other options," said one McMullin supporter.
But his path to White House is a lot less direct. Currently McMullin’s name is on the ballot in just 11 states. He says If Clinton and Trump fail to get the required electoral votes needed while he wins Utah and Idaho or Wyoming, congress could make him their pick if he's in the top three.
"Either way we believe the time has come for a new conservative movement and that's what we’re building,” said McMullin to reporters.