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Is a Romney endorsement 'probably the only way Sen. Bob Bennett (R-Utah) survives'?

That's the take of Utah Attorney General Mark Shurtleff (R) in an article by Thomas Burr and Matt Canham (flagged by Matt Lewis).

Read the whole thing and catch up on one of the sleeper elections of 2010, the challenge that Bennett faces from conservative activists (and ambitious Republicans) in his home state -- a challenge bolstered by Utah's convention system, which rewards conservatives over moderates. In 2008, first-time candidate Jason Chaffetz drubbed then-Rep. Chris Cannon (R-Utah) at the state convention, then beat him in the June primary. That's what seven candidates are hoping to do to Bennett, with attorney Mike Lee seen as most likely to drive Bennett into a run-off.

Bennett's trump card, possibly: the support of Mitt Romney, who cut an ad for him nearly a year ago. But that's some lack of confidence from Shurtleff.

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By David Weigel  |  April 20, 2010; 11:12 AM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  | Tags: Conservatism, Jason Chaffetz, Matt Lewis, Primary election, Republican, Rob Bishop, United States, Utah  
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