Poll: Sen. Bennett could get shut out of his own party’s primary 

Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, is about to make history according to the Salt Lake Tribune. The incumbent has fallen behind challengers Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater according to the Tribune’s poll of actual voting delegates. Because Bennett can’t crack 40 percent of the vote, he wouldn’t even get to participate in his own party’s primary. This means he could be the first incumbent Utah senator to lose his party’s nomination in seven decades.

Lee logged 37 percent support in the survey, while Bridgewater came in at 20 percent, and Bennett lagged at 16 percent.

The survey of 400 Republican delegates, with a 4.4 percent margin of error, was conducted April 22-25 by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc. of Washington, D.C. It comes less than two weeks before the May 8 state GOP convention.

“Bennett has almost no shot of getting more votes at the convention than Bridgewater and Lee,” Brad Coker, managing director at Mason-Dixon, said Monday.

Bennett’s record includes support for an insurance mandate as well as support for the first round of bank bailouts during the Bush administration. Whatever the reasons, it’s clear that anti-incumbent resentment has become strong this season.

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