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McMullin misses California ballot deadline

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Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin has missed the cutoff for appearing on California’s state ballot, according to a new report.

McMullin’s campaign has not ruled out a lawsuit over California’s election rules, Politico said Monday.

{mosads}“In California, both the legal and the write-in options remain for us and we intend to pursue any and all options to ensure Californians get a chance to vote for Evan McMullin in November,” chief strategist Joel Searby said in an email.

“Part of the problem with California and Florida and Texas and several others is that the threshold is so wildly divergent from almost every other state, so we believe it’s ripe for challenge and we intend to proceed,” he added in a follow-up interview.

Politico said candidates had until last Friday to file the 178,039 registered signatures needed for appearing on California’s ballot.

Searby confirmed McMullin and his team missed that deadline, leaving them searching for other options for getting the CIA veteran before California’s voters.

McMullin’s campaign announced earlier Monday that the former GOP House official will appear on Utah’s ballots.

Politico said McMullin needed only 1,000 signatures in the Beehive State, where he is also locating his campaign headquarters.

Politico added McMullin has already missed filing deadlines necessary for appearing on the ballot in two dozen states.

Searby revealed last week McMullin had made the ballot in Colorado ahead of this November’s general presidential election.

“Colorado is the first of many states to come as our ballot access program kicks into high gear and Evan takes his message nationwide,” he said in a statement on Aug. 11.

McMullin officially launched his longshot White House run on Aug. 8 with attacks on Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.

“Donald Trump appeals to the worst fears of Americans at a time when we need unity, not division,” he said of the GOP’s presidential nominee.

“Hillary Clinton is a corrupt career politician who has recklessly handled classified information in an attempt to avoid accountability and put American lives at risk, including those of my colleagues,” McMullin added of the Democratic nominee.

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