The Republican primary for the U.S. Senate pits one of former President Donald Trump’s closest allies, incumbent GOP Senator Mike Lee, against two challengers who have spent months debating whether Lee’s loyalty to the President will hurt Utah residents.
Former state legislator Becky Edwards and political operative Ally Isom attacked Lee as a divisive politician who cares less about governing than TV appearances and currying favor with Trump. Unlike Lee, neither voted for Trump in 2020.
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Both Republican challengers highlighted post-election text messages Lee sent to Trump’s chief of staff that show his early involvement in efforts to overturn the election. Edwards also stood out, saying she disagreed with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to reconsider Roe v. Wade.
The Senate primary tests whether Trump’s divisive politics and conspiracy theories resonate with members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, who make up the majority of Utah’s population.
In November, the winner will face independent Evan McMullin, a former Republican who won support from the state’s Democratic Party in April.