No Senate Write-In Campaign for Utah’s Bennett

Thursday, May 20, 2010 at 12:55 pm

Sen. Robert Bennett (R-Utah) announced this afternoon that he will not be mounting a write-in campaign, his only remaining option to retain the seat he has held since 1993.

“If I were to do it, it would revive all of those passions and divide the party in the state of Utah,” he said during a press conference in front of the National Republican Senatorial Committee’s offices.

Bennett became the first incumbent to lose re-nomination this election cycle when he came in third during the state’s GOP convention May 8 in what he called the “nastiest race for a party nomination in the history of Utah.” Businessman Tim Bridgewater and attorney Mike Lee, who came in first and second respectively, will fight for the GOP nomination in the state primary election June 22. During the convention he had kept the write-in option open — he had missed the state deadline to run as an independent candidate — but did not commit at that time to continue his campaign.

“If I’m eliminated, I’m going to go home and get a good night sleep,” he told The Associated Press. “That’s the only commitment I’ll make.”

Bennett did not endorse Bridgewater or Lee during his press conference, but Politico reported Bennett and Bridgewater will meet later today.

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