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Independent candidate Evan McMullin gets on first state ballot

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Evan McMullin has gotten on his first state ballot days after announcing his late independent presidential bid, his campaign announced late Thursday.

McMullin will appear on the ballot in Colorado in November, according to a statement from chief strategist Joel Searby.

{mosads}“Colorado is the first of many states to come as our ballot access program kicks in to high gear and Evan takes his message nationwide,” Searby said.

Colorado requires independent presidential candidates to pay a $1,000 filing fee or submit a petition with 5,000 signatures to get on the ballot.

McMullin’s campaign submitted his paperwork to get on the ballot and paid the $1,000 fee, a spokeswoman for the Colorado secretary of State confirmed to The Hill. She said their office hadn’t yet processed the paperwork but would likely do so Friday.

McMullin, a little-known former CIA officer and House GOP official, announced his long-shot White House bid on Monday as an alternative to Republican Donald Trump.

“I think they would both be absolutely terrible,” McMullin told ABC News, referring to the potential of Trump or Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton.

McMullin has said his campaign plans to get on “a broad number of state ballots across the country,” despite deadlines having passed in many states.

His campaign insisted in a memo on Thursday that he “enters this campaign with the means to compete in every state.”

A top priority, the campaign said, is getting on ballots in 15 states that have ballot-access deadlines on or after Aug. 15.

—This story was updated at 10:11 a.m.

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