Longtime GOP Sen. Gorton backs write-in presidential candidate

Drew Mikkelsen reports.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton remembers voting for Dwight Eisenhower.

“I’m a really old guy,” joked Gorton, who has always voted for the Republican Party’s nominee for President.

But not next week.

Gorton said he plans on writing in the name of former CIA operative Evan McMullin, because the other nominees are not qualified.

McMullin is trying to take an unconventional path to the White House. He hopes to win the state of Utah and also hopes Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump end up in an electoral tie in the remaining states.

If that happens, the U.S. House of Representatives would break the tie.

Gorton started his career as an elected official in 1958 when chosen to serve in the state’s House of Representatives. He became state Attorney General before being elected in 1981 to the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C.

Gorton said his write-in is symbolic, but he doesn’t think he’s wasting his vote.

“While Evan McMullin is only on the ballot in 11 states, he has a far greater chance of affecting the outcome of the race than does the Libertarian or Green Party candidate,” said Gorton.

Copyright 2016 KING


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