UT Senate: Republicans to oust Bennett
Facing criticism from the right, Bob Bennett is in danger of becoming the first sitting Utah senator in seven decades to lose his party’s nomination, according to a Salt Lake Tribune/Mason-Dixon poll of state GOP convention delegates.
If no candidate receives 60% of the delegate vote at the May 8 convention, the top two finishers advance to the June 22 primary. However, Bennett currently finds himself in third place. Mike Lee leads with 37%, followed by Tim Bridgewater with 20%, Bennett with 16% and Cherilyn Eagar with 11%.
“Bennett has almost no shot of getting more votes at the convention than Bridgewater and Lee,” said Mason-Dixon managing director Brad Coker.
Bennett has defined “big government Republican.” He supported the fiscal impropriety of the past, supporting bailouts and an mandate for all Americans to buy health insurance.