Minnesota party picks McMullin as presidential nominee
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The Independence Party of Minnesota has selected Evan McMullin as its 2016 presidential nominee, his campaign said in a statement. 

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McMullin, a little-known former CIA officer and House GOP official, announced his long-shot White House bid last Monday as an alternative to Republican presidential nominee Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump to fundraise for 3 Republicans running for open seats: report Trump to nominate former Monsanto exec to top Interior position White House aides hadn’t heard of Trump's new tax cut: report MORE

The Independence Party and the campaign are now working toward gathering the 2,000 signatures needed to appear on the state's ballot. 

“It’s an honor to stand with the Independence Party of Minnesota in our fight to give Americans a better choice for President. Our national grassroots campaign has exploded in just the first 5 days of this race, and we look forward to campaigning in Minnesota very soon,” McMullin said in a statement.

The campaign has said getting on ballots in 15 states with deadlines on or after Aug. 15 is a top priority. So far, McMullin is only on Colorado's ballot.