Evan McMullin, a former CIA officer who received 21.5 percent of the vote in Utah as an Independent candidate in the 2016 presidential election (0.53 percent nationwide), plans to announce an Independent challenge to incumbent Republican Mike Lee of Utah for his US Senate seat in 2022, reports The Salt Lake Tribune.
McMullin, whose views align with the #NeverTrump movement, took advantage of Mormon distaste for Donald Trump’s persona in 2016 to at one point take the lead in presidential opinion polls against Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in deeply red Utah. Trump went on to win the state and McMullin finished in third place behind the second place Clinton. Since then, McMullin has been a steadfast critic of the Trump administration and endorsed Joe Biden in the 2020 election. Trump won Utah by 21 percent over Biden.
No date for McMullin’s announcement has been set and he makes no mention of it on Twitter.
Only two Independents currently serve in the US Senate: Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Angus King of Maine; both of whom caucus with the Democrats.