21.2 C
New York

In Utah, a Trump Loyalist Sends an S.O.S. to Romney


How real a threat Mr. McMullin poses to Mr. Lee’s re-election stays to be seen. Each side produce internal polls that serve their purposes, Mr. Lee’s showing him with a double-digit lead, Mr. McMullin’s showing him barely overtaking the incumbent.

It’s entirely possible that Mr. Lee’s dire-sounding appearance on Fox News proves a reprise of the pleas that Senator Lindsey Graham, Republican of South Carolina, made toward the top of his 2020 re-election run as he watched his Democratic opponent, Jaime Harrison, rake in a record $57 million for his challenge: All panic aside, Mr. Graham ultimately won by greater than 10 percentage points.

Still, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, considered one of two Republicans serving on the House Jan. 6 Committee, will campaign with Mr. McMullin next week in Salt Lake City, attempting to rally disaffected Republicans, a vital bloc after Utah Democrats decided to not field their very own candidate. The state’s most vital Democrats, Mayor Jenny Wilson of Salt Lake County and former Representative Ben McAdams, are backing Mr. McMullin.

Though Mr. McMullin says the preservation of democracy is the organizing theme of his campaign, he has branched out to tar Mr. Lee as “essentially the most ineffective member of the Senate,” contrasting his ideological stands with Mr. Romney’s productivity.

And, as Mr. Lee’s campaign tries to project an air of confidence, his appearance on Mr. Carlson’s show projected anything but.

Pressing Mr. Romney to do the proper thing as a Republican, he repeatedly warned Fox viewers that Mr. Romney’s mere neutrality could give Mr. McMullin — “a closeted Democrat,” as he put it — a victory, and ensure continued Democratic control of the Senate.

On Wednesday, Mr. Lusty, the Lee campaign adviser, said his boss still hoped that Mr. Romney would come around. “Senator Lee sees it as necessary for all members of the party to face together,” he said.

Get the latest Sports Updates (Soccer, NBA, NFL, Hockey, Racing, etc.) and Breaking News From the United States, United Kingdom, and all around the world.

Related articles


Recent articles