February 25th, 2010
11:27 AM ET
12 years ago

Bennett gets another primary challenger

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(CNN) - Add another name to the growing list of Republicans challenging Sen. Robert Bennett of Utah, who's battling this year for a fourth term.

Former Republican Rep. Merrill Cook of Utah is scheduled Thursday to announce a primary challenge to Bennett. Cook held Utah's 2nd Congressional District for two terms, from 1997 to 2001. He lost his party's nomination in the 2000 election and the GOP lost the seat to Democrat Jim Matheson, who still holds the office.

Besides fighting against the overall anti-incumbent mood, Bennett also faces anger by many conservatives for his votes in 2008 in favor of the so-called Wall Street bailouts and last year's vote on bailing out the major American auto makers.

The fiscally conservative Club for Growth is working to defeat Bennett. So is FreedomWorks, another national organization that backs fiscally conservative causes. But Bennett has the backing of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which as a rule supports Republican incumbents running for re-election.

- CNN Political Producer Peter Hamby contributed to this report

Filed under: 2010 • Bob Bennett • Utah
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Jane/Seattle

    I say the more the merrier and the more money wasted that could be getting used to help the needy – ya know, those getting cheated by the corporate/government aristocracy!

    February 25, 2010 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  2. silence dogoode

    People of UTAH: please have your legislature place term limits in your Constitution.....

    February 25, 2010 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  3. If I was crazy, I'd be a conservative too

    Like I said before, the lying rats eat their own.

    February 25, 2010 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  4. Randolph Carter, I'm no expert but....

    And the purge of the moderates continues. God help all republicans who are not batsh!t crazy, bible-thumpin', gun-totin', truck-drivin' anti-government corporate stooges. Have a nice day!

    February 25, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  5. Fooled Again

    Let's see if we can find a Ron Paul republican to get in this position

    February 25, 2010 01:50 pm at 1:50 pm |
  6. The lonely Libertarian of Liverpool NY

    Vote Congress out, “you are fired” if they are in. Vote them out this fall and in the next election and every election going forward until they become the servants of the people once more.

    February 25, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |