Utah Republicans defeated an "outstanding conservative" in Sen. Bob
Bennett (R-Utah) this past weekend, Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnellMitch McConnellStudy: Trump tops recent GOP presidents in signing bills in first 100 days Senate passes stopgap funding bill to avert shutdown Let’s never talk about a government shutdown — ever again MORE
(Ky.) said Monday.
McConnell lamented Utah conservatives' decision at a party convention on Saturday not to renominate Bennett as the GOP's Senate candidate in the state.
Bennett had served as a member of the Senate Republican leadership as counsel to McConnell, and was considered a top ally of the minority leader.
"It is the only state in the country where you don't have a way to get on the ballot unless you go through a convention," McConnell said, noting the unusual circumstance in which Bennett was defeated without a statewide primary vote.
Utah delegates voted for businessman Tim Bridgewater and attorney Mike LeeMike LeeWhy is the State Department refusing to disclose Soros' involvement in Macedonia? What to know about Trump's national monuments executive order ObamaCare must be fixed before it collapses MORE ahead of Bennett, and the two will face off in a June 22 primary.
Still, McConnell warned: "I'm not sure we can read too much into it."
The Kentucky Republican said the same of his home state, where Secretary of State Trey Grayson, whom McConnell endorsed, is running in a GOP primary against physician Rand PaulRand PaulRand Paul to teach a course on dystopias in George Washington University Destructive 'fat cat' tax law a complete flop. It's time to repeal it. Trump must take action in Macedonia to fix damage done by Obama and Clinton MORE, the son of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas), who's won increased support from state conservatives.
"We've got a unity rally scheduled for the Saturday after the Tuesday primary," McConnell said, downplaying the reported rifts in the state over the race. "I think there's an excellent chance that Kentucky will keep this seat in Republican hands."