With less than two weeks remaining before the election most national public opinion polls place Hillary Clinton squarely in the lead. Her odds of winning are extremely high, although Donald Trump may still win. However, both Clinton and Trump are disliked by a majority of Americans. Over 60 percent of Americans believe we are on the wrong track. Voter turnout may decline due to the high amount of disaffection and dissatisfaction voters demonstrate towards these candidates and this election cycle. In fact, approximately 15 percent of the electorate are undecided on their vote choice. This is a 10 percent increase from the same point in 2012. A sizable section of the electorate still see this as a race between “the lesser of two evils”.
However, in this contentious election it is important to remember the third-party candidates. Candidates which may present a viable alternative to those voters who cannot bring themselves to cast a vote for one of the major party nominees. However, many American voters have never heard of these candidates. Therefore, with little time remaining it is important the American electorate become educated on these alternative options.
Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson and Green Party candidate Jill Stein have been previously profiled. Next is independent candidate Evan McMullin. McMullin is currently polling a close third in Utah, is polling at approximately 10 percent in Idaho, and is on the ballot in 11 states and is eligible for a write-in vote in an additional 27 states. Those interested in reading all of McMullin’s issue positions and policy proposals may go here, but a brief primer on his stances is below.
Evan McMullin on the issues:
- Is pro-life and supports overturning Roe v. Wade.
- Believes same-sex marriage has been adjudicated and would not seek to overturn that Supreme Court ruling.
- Believes in free trade and supports the Trans-Pacific Partnership
- Wants to reduce income taxes as well as the estate tax.
- Believes federal entitlement programs should be cut.
- Would increase investment in technologies in order to combat climate change.
- Believes in supporting the moderate Syrian opposition and the implementation of a no-fly zone in order to combat Assad.
- Believes in the reformation of Medicare and Medicaid and the repeal of the Affordable Care Act, introducing more streamlined and pro-market approaches to healthcare.
- Doesn’t believe in restrictions on gun ownership, rather straightforward, simple screening for potential terrorists and mental health issues.
- Believes border security must be improved.
- Believes in a legal path forward for illegal immigrants, not mass deportation.
- Wants to reform the education system from kindergarten through college.
- Believes the U.S. military is underfunded and as a result has been weakened, but must also do a better job in being responsible in how that funding is used.
- Believes the U.S. must continue to be the world leader, strengthen its foreign alliances and intervene abroad in order to spread our values and secure U.S. interests.
Evan McMullin believes he is the conservative candidate for America.