May 20th, 2010
12:18 PM ET
13 years ago

Bennett won't seek GOP nomination as a write-in

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="GOP Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah announced Thursday he will not seek his party's nomination as write-in candidate in next month's primary."](CNN) - GOP Sen. Bob Bennett of Utah announced Thursday he will not seek his party's nomination as write-in candidate in next month's primary.

The announcement comes two weeks after Bennett failed to garner enough Republican support at the state convention to appear on the ballot.

Facing significant anger aimed at Washington and at some of his past votes, Bennett was eliminated from seeking re-election as a Republican, becoming the first incumbent to fall victim to the growing anti-Washington mood ahead of the 2010 midterm elections.

Bennett came in third in a second round of balloting at the state party convention behind more conservative candidates Tim Bridgewater and Mike Lee. In a final round of voting, neither Lee nor Bridgewater won 60 percent of the vote needed to win the nomination. They will now face each other in a primary election June 22.

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soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    No Country For Old Men.

    May 20, 2010 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  2. Anonymous

    he is too old, stay out of policitcs

    May 20, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    I salute the man for putting Country First & voting to try to prevent an economic melt down. So many spoiled brat Conservatives acting like kids because the real world doesn't spin like their dream world.

    May 20, 2010 12:42 pm at 12:42 pm |
  4. Joe from CT, not Lieberman

    What will be amusing is if either Lee or Bridgewater win the general election (c'mon, it's a given in Utah) but the Republicans do not carry a majority of the Senate, he will be the most junior member of the Minority Party! The Republicans keep talking about picking up the 10 seats they need to be in the Majority. Has McConnell and company done any planning on what happens if they lose KY and one other state and do not pick up on any of the Democratic-held seats, open or not? Even though there is an anti-incumbent sentiment this season, if people think the earmarks they feel their states deserve are being threatened, they will stick with the incumbent. What happens on January 3 if they find themselves with only 39 seats and the Democratic Majority changes the Fillibuster rules to only need 55 votes to procede? As they will no longer have the numbers to fillibuster the fillibuster rule change, they will truely be the minority party!

    May 20, 2010 12:49 pm at 12:49 pm |
  5. Future expat

    I'm glad to see Bennett is gone. He never understood that although Utah is 95% white, he's supposed to represent ALL Utahns, even the 5% with skin darker than his. Unfortunately, I doubt his replacement will be much different.

    May 20, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  6. SocialismBad

    Come on Bob. You're a 150 years old. Enjoy what time you have left on this planet with your family and friends. Let the young conservatives take the reins and save the country from the DemocRATic death spiral.

    May 20, 2010 12:57 pm at 12:57 pm |
  7. Pkm

    It seems to me if youare nice the gop hates you thd gop just likes mean sobs

    May 20, 2010 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Ben

    Probably a wise decision. He's to be commended for being an adult abourt this, which is more than I can say for some others (see Specter, Arlen).

    May 20, 2010 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  9. Ben

    Dutch – "No Country For Old Men"

    Does that include the old men in your own party? Or only those you disagree with?

    May 20, 2010 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  10. Steve

    I agree with Anonymous (I ALWAYS agree with them) and Dutch/Bad Newz (who would be better off becoming anonymous) that people over 25 should stay the hell out of politics. I do and our nation is better off for it.

    May 20, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  11. Steve (the real one)

    IDutch/Bad Newz, VA May 20th, 2010 12:36 pm ET

    No Country For Old Men.
    Where was this rant in the Specter story (he's 80)! or the Byrd story (he's late 80s-early 90s) ), or the Maxine Waters story (she's 70), or the Reid story? I smell hypocrisy, Dutch!

    Anyway, how so un Specter like! Bennett not squeezing out another 6 years! Well, neither is Spector (now)!!

    May 20, 2010 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  12. Ed

    My most sincere congratulations to the people of Utah to be done with this most liberal of Republican candidates. I love seeing you elect way more conservative candidates thinking that decision will right your ship.

    May 20, 2010 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |