SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Former independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin is launching a campaign to challenge Republican Sen. Mike Lee in Utah.
McMullin is a former CIA agent and a congressional aide. He announced his third-party candidacy Tuesday in the conservative state where he made inroads with voters uncomfortable with then-candidate Donald Trump in 2016.
He’s challenging Lee, a two-term incumbent who won office during the tea party movement.
Lee was initially skeptical of Trump but later became a staunch ally of the president.