Bennett won’t run as write-in candidate

May 20 2010 - 4:41pm

WASHINGTON -- Sen. Bob Bennett says he will not run as a write-in candidate in Utah's Republican primary next month.He told reporters Thursday that such a move would further divide the party in his state to the point that it would be hard to repair the damage.

Earlier this month, Bennett lost his bid for a fourth term as GOP delegates at the state convention, led by tea party activists, rejected his candidacy.

Two Republicans -- Mike Lee and Tim Bridgewater -- advanced to a June 22 primary.

Bennett said his constituents and colleages urged him to run as a write-in, but he decided against it. Bennett did not make any endorsement.

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