Another GOP candidate on brink of defeat?
A few weeks ago, I reported on the rise of conservative insurgents who are challenging establishment Republicans in GOP primaries across the country. Among those in deep trouble is Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah, who has drawn seven Republican primary challengers and faced a campaign of Internet ads and robocalls from the fiscally conservative Club for Growth.
A new poll just out shows that Bennett may not even make it to the Republican primary. He has the support of only 16 percent of delegates to the Utah GOP convention, putting him in third place behind Mike Lee (37 percent) and Tim Bridgewater (20 percent). If no one candidate gets 60 percent outright at the convention, the two top finishers will go on to the GOP primary -- which means Bennett may not get a place on the ballot.
If Bennett loses at the convention, the Salt Lake Tribune reports, he would be the first Utah Republican since Sen. William H. King seven decades ago to lose his party’s nomination.
The political ground in America has shifted. Bringing home the bacon does not cut it anymore. The junior senator from Utah is going to be a Republican, and activists on the right are demanding that he ought to be a fiscal conservative as well.
| April 27, 2010; 9:54 AM ET
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