Salt Lake City, Utah (CNN) - The political fate of three-term Republican Sen. Bob Bennett will be decided Saturday when 3,500 delegates cast ballots at the party convention.
Bennett faces the real possibility of failing even to make it to a primary, depending on the results of the state's GOP convention Saturday.
" 'Shocked' is not the right word. I'm adjusting," Bennett said. "The anger against Washington is very, very palpable - very, very strong. And since I am in Washington, I become the focus of that anger."
The 76-year-old incumbent is facing off against seven challengers, all of whom are more conservative.
One of the key men leading the effort to oust Bennett is political newcomer David Kirkham, who last year founded the state's Tea Party chapter. He wants to punish the senator for his vote to authorize the 2008 financial bailout.