Lindsey Graham: I voted for Evan McMullin

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Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina — a one-time 2016 Republican presidential contender who often clashed with Republican nominee Donald Trump throughout the campaign — voted for independent candidate Evan McMullin for president on Election Day.

During a recent interview with Business Insider, Graham said he voted for the conservative McMullin, an ex-CIA operative and House Republican policy leader who entered the race in August.

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"Well, I voted for Evan," Graham said. "Because he shares my view of the world, he was on the ballot, and I couldn't go where Trump was taking the party and I certainly couldn't go where Clinton is going to take the country either."

"So I was sort of a man without a choice and I thought Evan was, for a lack of a better word, a protest vote for me," the senator added. "I couldn't write anyone in in South Carolina."

Graham announced his vote on Twitter Tuesday.

"I appreciate [McMullin's] views on a strong America and the need to rebuild our military," he wrote.

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SALT LAKE CITY, UT - AUGUST 10: Former CIA agent Evan McMullin talks to to the media after announcing his presidential campaign as an Independent candidate on August 10, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Supporters gathered in downtown Salt Lake City for the launch of his Utah petition drive to collect the 1000 signatures McMullin needs to qualify for the presidential ballot. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - AUGUST 10: Former CIA agent Evan McMullin announces his presidential campaign as an Independent candidate on August 10, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Supporters gathered in downtown Salt Lake City for the launch of his Utah petition drive to collect the 1000 signatures McMullin needs to qualify for the presidential ballot. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - AUGUST 10: Former CIA agent Evan McMullin waves to supporters after announcing his presidential campaign as an Independent candidate on August 10, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Supporters gathered in downtown Salt Lake City for the launch of his Utah petition drive to collect the 1000 signatures McMullin needs to qualify for the presidential ballot. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - AUGUST 10: Former CIA agent Evan McMullin (C), campaign worker Peter Watkins (L) and chief strategist Joel Sbarby, (R) talk before McMullin announced his presidential campaign as an Independent candidate on August 10, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Supporters gathered in downtown Salt Lake City for the launch of his Utah petition drive to collect the 1000 signatures McMullin needs to qualify for the presidential ballot. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - AUGUST 10: A supporter signs a petition for former CIA agent Evan McMullin independent presidential campaign on August 10, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Supporters gathered in downtown Salt Lake City for the official launch of McMullin's campaign and petition drive to collect the 1000 signatures he will need to qualify for the presidential ballot. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - AUGUST 10: Former CIA agent Evan McMullin announces his presidential campaign as an Independent candidate on August 10, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Supporters gathered in downtown Salt Lake City for the launch of his Utah petition drive to collect the 1000 signatures McMullin needs to qualify for the presidential ballot. (Photo by George Frey/Getty Images)
Fair goers check out Minnesota's Independence Party tent Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2016, at the Minnesota State Fair in Falcon Heights, Minn. The party is hoping to hitch a ride on the "Never Trump" movement back to glory as a major party. Evan McMullin, the face of Republicans opposed to Donald Trump, will represent Minnesota's Independence Party on the ballot. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)
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