McMullin fails to make Tennessee ballot
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Independent presidential candidate Evan McMullin will not appear on Tennessee’s ballot, according to a new report.

McMullin failed to secure even half the signatures needed, Politico said Monday.

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“Evan McMullin’s campaign did not submit enough signatures to be included as an independent presidential candidate,” Adam Ghassemi, the director of communications for Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett said Monday.

Politico said McMullin’s campaign collected 129 of the 275 signatures required to appear on Tennessee’s ballot. Presidential candidates must also list their running mates and the electors who agree to represent them in the state.

"We’re not below 10,” McMullin said Monday of his vice presidential shortlist. "People may come and go off that list. It’s very, very early stage.”

Politico noted that Tennessee’s ballot threshold is lower than four states McMullin did qualify for.

McMullin’s campaign said last week it is not ruling out a lawsuit after missing the cutoff for appearing on California’s ballot.

“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 on Aug. 15.

McMullin’s campaign announced the same day, however, that it had qualified for the ballot in Utah.

Searby revealed earlier this month that the former House GOP official is also competing for voters’ attention on Colorado’s ballot.

Politico on Monday added that the CIA veteran also qualified for Iowa's and Louisiana’s ballots last week.

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“Donald Trump appears to the worst fears of Americans at a time we need unity, not division,” he said in an open letter published Aug. 8 on his website.

“Republicans are deeply divided by a man who is perilously close to gaining the most powerful position in the world, and many rightly see him as a real threat to our republic,” McMullin added of Trump.

“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 former colleagues."