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Evan McMullin, a former undercover CIA officer who garnered national attention during his long-drawn 2016 independent bid for president, launched a campaign for the Senate in his home state of Utah on Tuesday, ousting conservative Sen. It was a tough challenge to do. 2022 mid-term elections.

“Our politics are broken,” McMullin insisted in a statement. “And it’s putting our country at risk. We need leaders who unite rather than divide. Washington has polarized us so much that we’re failing to address the bigger problems facing the nation.” and it has to change.”

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McMullin won 21% of the vote in Utah in the 2016 presidential election, but garnered less than half a percent of support nationally. McMullin, an outspoken critic of former President Trump, is one of the leaders of a group of former and current Republicans trying to backtrack against Trump’s continued dominance of the GOP.

MCMULLIN one of the leaders of an anti-Trump group from former and current republics

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“Extremes in Washington don’t represent Utah. They keep us from controlling ourselves, and they put our democracy at risk. The result is crisis after crisis that never gets resolved.” McMullin argued in the campaign launch video. He insisted he would run for Senate “not as a Republican or a Democrat, but as a patriot committed to defending our country.”

McMullin’s campaign video highlights his decision to join the CIA and his work with the spy agency, including serving foreign hunting terrorists after the 9/11 attacks. He later worked at Goldman Sachs as an investment banker as well as an advisor to the House Foreign Affairs Committee and a House Republican Conference policy aide.

Taking Lee out will not be an easy challenge. The Republican senator – first elected in the 2010 Tea Party wave – won more than two-thirds of the vote at his 2016 reelection in conservative Utah.