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Lindsey Graham Votes for McMullin Instead of Trump

South Carolina GOP senator has been very critical of his party's nominee

South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham ran against Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primaries. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)
South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham ran against Donald Trump in the Republican presidential primaries. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Lindsey Graham said he voted for independent candidate Evan McMullin for president, fulfilling his pledge not to vote for either of the major two parties’ nominees.

The South Carolina Republican made the disclosure on Twitter on Tuesday, tweeting, “I appreciate his views on a strong America and the need to rebuild our military.”

The announcement was the third in a series of tweets about Election Day. Graham first said he “enthusiastically” voted for fellow GOP South Carolina Sen. Tim Scott and other down-ballot Republicans.

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“In the prez race, voting for Hillary Clinton was always a non-starter and I couldn’t go where Donald Trump wanted to take the USA & GOP,” Graham also wrote.

Graham, who also made an ill-fated run for the presidency, announced back in May that he would not be voting for Clinton, the Democratic nominee, or Trump, the GOP’s standard-bearer.

“I do not believe he is a reliable Republican conservative nor has he displayed the judgment and temperament to serve as commander in chief,” Graham said of Trump at the time.

Alex Roarty contributed to this report.

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