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Sen. Bennett survives first round at Utah GOP convention

The results are in for the first round of balloting at Utah's GOP convention, and Sen. Bob Bennett has survived his challenge -- so far. Lawyer Mike Lee led the field narrowly with 28.75 percent, followed by Tim Bridgewater with 26.84 percent. Bennett pulled 25.91 percent -- in line with expectations, while Lee was slightly under expectations. (Some surveys had him with 40 percent support.)

The problem for Bennett is where the votes for those candidates who've been ousted will go. The problem for Lee really is a failure to crack even 30 percent support, making a clear-cut convention win look less likely than a primary.

The votes:

-- Mike Lee 982
-- Tim Bridgewater 917
-- Bob Bennett 885
-- Cherilyn Eagar 541
-- Others 93

By David Weigel  |  May 8, 2010; 3:30 PM ET
Categories:  2010 Election  
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