Evan McMullin is on the Colorado ballot. (The ex-CIA, not-Trump guy.)

Evan McMullin gives Colorado Republicans looking for a protest vote against Donald Trump a choice beyond Libertarian Party candidate Gary Johnson.
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The self-designated Republican alternative to Donald Trump has made the ballot in Colorado as an unaffiliated candidate for president. If you lean right and like former CIA operatives, look hard for his name among the -- at least -- 26 candidates running for president here.

Representatives of Evan McMullin's campaign told The Hill they submitted 5,000 signatures Thursday and paid a $1,000 filing fee to the Colorado Secretary of State to place his name on the ballot as an independent presidential candidate.

The Secretary of State's Office confirmed Friday that McMullin will appear on the ballot.

"Colorado is the first of many states to come as our ballot access program kicks in to high gear and Evan takes his message nationwide," McMullin strategist Joel Searby said.

He'll be one of 24 (so far) non-major party candidates to appear on Colorado's presidential ballot.

An earlier version of this story described McMullin as an alternative for Republicans who don't want to vote for Libertarian Gary Johnson. It turns out that Johnson is not yet on the Colorado presidential ballot. (My mistake, but he should get on that. Johnson is polling at 15 percent right now.)

The filing deadline has passed for many states, but McMullin's campaign says he has the resources and intends to compete in all 50 states.

McMullin announced earlier this month that he would run to offer a more stable and moderate alternative to Trump.

This story  has been updated throughout.

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