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Conservatives Must Crush Any Opposition To Senator Mike Lee

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Senator Mike Lee of Utah is one of the Senate’s few committed limited government constitutional conservatives and we here at CHQ admire him greatly for approaching every debate and every vote from a constitutional perspective.

Senator Lee, along with Senator Ted Cruz, fought the hated CRomnibus spending bill with every tool he could muster, even bring-up a rare constitutional point of order against the bill that forced the Senate to (gasp) work on a Saturday.

Lee is up for re-election in 2016 and his strict adherence to the constitution has earned him the support and respect of grassroots conservative voters in Utah. The Club for Growth PAC, Senate Conservatives Fund, and Madison Project recently released the results of a poll done by Basswood Research surveying likely Republican Primary voters in the 2016 Utah Senate race. The poll finds Lee in an extremely strong position for re-nomination.

Among the poll highlights:

Senator Lee has a +65 favorable rating, with 76% of Utah Republicans having a favorable opinion of Lee and only 11% having an unfavorable opinion. By contrast, Senator Orrin Hatch, while also popular, has a 72% favorable rating and 23% unfavorable rating, a net of +49. Given that Hatch won his 2012 Republican primary 66%-34%, Lee’s even stronger favorability rating indicates that Lee is likely in a very strong position among Republican voters.

Senator Lee is broadly popular with all segments of Republican Primary voters. Those who identify as “very conservative” view him favorably 87-4. Voters who identify as “somewhat conservative” view him favorably 75-10. Republican primary voters who identify as moderates (the smallest section of likely Republican primary voters in Utah) also view Lee favorably by a 53-27 ratio.

When asked how Senator Lee is doing “supporting local Utah interests and needs”, 71% of likely Republican primary voters approved of the job Lee is doing. 72% approve of the job Lee is doing “being a good role model for Utahns.”

If you want to get some insight into Mike Lee’s popularity watch this great interview of Senator Lee by The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas.

But Lee’s optimistic limited government constitutional conservatism doesn’t sit well with an establishment always ready to grow government through “compromising to get things done.”

The same forces that vowed to “crush” Tea Party movement-backed candidates in the 2014 midterms are ready to stab Lee in the back and have been quietly trying to organize opposition to his re-nomination.

POLITICO recently reported business leaders, and other establishment figures in Lee’s home state, like billionaire Jon Huntsman Sr., an influential bank CEO and a former Utah GOP party chairman are considering recruiting and backing a challenger to the constitutional conservative incumbent.

According to POLITICO’s Manu Raju Lee has made significant headway in some Utah establishment quarters — but threats are lingering.

Jon Huntsman Sr., who founded the petrochemical giant that bears his name, refuses to meet with Lee because of his “extremely radical” positions and is considering putting his political and financial muscle behind a primary challenger.

Scott Anderson, a prominent bank president in Salt Lake City, has privately commissioned polls to assess Lee’s race while meeting with some of his prospective foes to gauge their interest.

And one former state GOP party chairman, Thomas Wright, is actively considering a bid against the Utah freshman, while others in the business world are keeping the door open about a prospective bid, reports Raju.

“All I can say is Mike Lee is an embarrassment to the state of Utah,” Huntsman said in an interview, calling Lee “an extremist” for his role in the government shutdown fight that he said cost his cancer research institute millions in federal dollars and hurt small businesses affected by the closure of national parks. “He’s been a tremendous embarrassment to our family, to our state, to our country to have him as a U.S. senator.”

As of now 76% of Utah’s Republican primary voters see things quite differently from Mr. Huntsman and the other establishment figures who are plotting Mike Lee’s defeat, but that could change dramatically given the typical establishment Republican consultant campaign of running millions of dollars in negative ads based on specious charges or even outright lies.

We see Senator Mike Lee’s principled commitment to conservative governance is one of the last lines of defense in our fight to preserve constitutional government. If Mike Lee falls to a Big Government Republican in the Utah GOP Primary, then the North Star of constitutional government in the Senate will wink out.

Senator Lee has already been endorsed for re-election by the Club for Growth PAC, Senate Conservatives Fund, and the Madison Project. We join them in endorsing Senator Mike Lee for re-election and urge you to go to his campaign website and volunteer or contribute TODAY.

To read a full memo on the poll conducted by Basswood Research, click here.

Click the link to watch this great interview of Senator Lee by The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas.

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I fear the fight for Mike Lee will be a fight for preservation of the republic. If the Progressives defeat him in Utah, people like me will only vote 3rd party from that point on. That gives total control to the Democrat Party, which is deeply anti-Constitution.