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Sen. Bennett survives first round of GOP voting in Utah

May 8, 2010 |  1:17 pm

Bennett After the first round of balloting Saturday at the Utah Republican Party convention, U.S. Sen. Bob Bennett lived to fight another day — or at least another round.

The totals: attorney Mike Lee 28.75%, businessman Tim Bridgewater 26.84%, Bennett 25.91%.

As the Ticket already reported, the question is who will represent the GOP in the November election -- and longtime incumbent Bennett is facing tough competition.

The three will now advance to a second round of voting by nearly 3,500 delegates gathered in Salt Lake City. Only two will survive — or just one, in the unlikely event a candidate captures 60% to win the party nomination outright.

Stay tuned….

-- Mark Z. Barabak

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Photo: Sen. Bob Bennett last month in Utah. Credit: Associated Press.