Evan McMullin is the leading candidate running against Senator Mike Lee (R-Ut.) as the Democratic Party in Utah refused to run a candidate and threw their support behind McMullin.
Recent polls show that McMullin is behind by 17 percent, indicating that Lee will cruise to re-election comfortably.
Still, Senator Mitt Romney (R-Ut.), Mike Lee’s colleague in Utah, has refused to endorse his re-election bid.
McMullin is a former CIA agent who ran against President Trump as an Independent in 2016, attempting to steal electoral votes from him in Utah.
McMullin amassed $600,000 in debt and failed to pay numerous campaign vendors who helped him run his failed campaign.
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The Democrat Party’s refusal to run a candidate is effectively an endorsement of McMullin, meaning that Romney refuses to side with his own party over Democrats, per usual.
Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-UT) decision not to endorse Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-UT) reelection bid has infuriated Senate Republicans and conservative activists.
Romney, Utah’s junior senator, has declined — and even refused — to endorse Lee’s reelection bid. Lee is the senior senator from Utah.
Senate Republicans are becoming increasingly alarmed by the decision, noting that even though Senate Republicans may have their differences on policy, they typically stand united against Republican opponents.
“I respect [Romney], and I understand that each state has its own dynamics, but I do not understand why he is remaining neutral,” one Republican senator said anonymously. “Whatever our differences, we all try to support each other around election time.”
Romney’s refusal to endorse Lee could boost his lead opponent during the Senate campaign, the Never Trumper and failed 2016 presidential candidate Evan McMullin. Romney’s move has put Senate Republicans on defense in a state that Lee should win handily.