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FreedomWorks: 'We're going to build on this momentum'

I just spoke to Rob Jordan, vice president of state and federal campaigns for FreedomWorks, one of three of the tea party group's staffers who is on the ground in Utah right now. He expects lawyer Mike Lee, who was the strong backing of the group, to miss an outright win at the convention and face businessman Tim Bridgewater in a June primary.

"Mike's people were optimistic, so they may be disappointed," said Jordan. "But we're going to hit the ground hard for Mike. And it's good to give voters a choice between two candidates who both represent big improvements over Bob Bennett."

According to Jordan, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney was almost a non-factor in the race. He hit the stage this morning to support Bennett, but the applause for the man who won an 80-point landslide in this state's 2008 presidential primary was dimmer than the applause for a video from Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.), who appeared after the second ballot to support Lee.

"You're seeing the rise of a new group of conservative leaders," said Jordan. "Maybe guys like Romney are fading a bit, even in Utah. We're going to build on the momentum from this race."

By David Weigel  |  May 8, 2010; 6:36 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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